What is it going to take to meet the growing demand for organic? Currently there are 14,000 certified organic farmers in the U.S. The barriers for American farmers to choose to farmn organically are currently insurmountable. OFRF is the only organization to ask about organic farmers experiences, opinions and observation. Among the top challenges, based on OFRF’s 2011 farmer’s survey are: access to capital and financing, access to land, Steep learning curve to develop organic farming skills. Price pressure from less expensive, imported organic product MSN career builder assessment: Among the top 10 careers of the next decade, “organic farmer” was identified as the third most important career of the future.
Zimmerman 2011 revised-v3
THE NEXUS OF ORGANIC GROWTH AND OPPORTUNITY <ul><li>William Zimmerman Foundation </li></ul>Maureen Wilmot Executive Director EDUCATION SESSION August 22, 2011
VISION Organic Farming is the leading form of agriculture for healthy people, ecosystems and economies.
SUPPLY MEETING DEMAND Zimmerman Foundation August 22, 2011