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O RGANIC F ARMING R ESEARCH F OUNDATION 4th National Organic Farmers Survey: Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing Organic Marketplace Erica Walz Survey.

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1 O RGANIC F ARMING R ESEARCH F OUNDATION 4th National Organic Farmers Survey: Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing Organic Marketplace Erica Walz Survey Coordinator

2 Organic Market Conditions, th National Organic Farmers Survey: Sustaining Organic Farms in a Changing Organic Marketplace

3 OFRF 4th National Organic Farmers' Survey Results 3 Q. (31) How was your season last year? How were production and market conditions for your organic farm operation in general? From the range of response choices provided, respondents identified crop or product quality as being the least problematic Weather was identified as being the most problematic among various production and market concerns.

4 OFRF 4th National Organic Farmers' Survey Results 4 Q. This year, did the market for your organic farm product(s) expand, contract or hold steady compared to recent years? 44% reported market expansion 19% reported expansion or 20% or more Market held steady for 33% Market contracted for 6%

5 OFRF 4th National Organic Farmers' Survey Results 5 Q. This past year, did average prices for your organic farm products go up, down or hold steady compared to recent years? 52% of respondents indicated that organic prices held steady in % indicated that prices went up 15% said prices went down

6 OFRF 4th National Organic Farmers' Survey Results 6 Q.What volume percentage of your organically grown product(s) were you able to sell at an organic price premium in 2001? 92% were able to obtain organic price premiums 41% obtained organic premiums on 100% of their organic product Another 30% obtained premiums on at least half of their organic product

7 OFRF 4th National Organic Farmers' Survey Results 7 Q. How much, if any, of your organically grown product was sold into the conventional market in 2001? 55% of respondents sold no organic product into the conventional market 37% sold some portion of their organic product into the conventional market

8 OFRF 4th National Organic Farmers' Survey Results 8 Q. If you sold any organic product into the conventional market, what circumstances let to selling your organic product as conventional product? Out of those respondents who did sell some organically grown product as conventional product respondents identified organic market was unavailable or not found as the most common reason for doing so.


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