Nebraska farmers wanting to diversify their farming system and gain a higher price may include organic production of crops or livestock.
The University of Nebraska has a rapidly expanding research program focused on organic farming and Nebraska Extension has published a series of resources to aid beginning organic farmers. They include:
The USDA initiative will provide technical assistance for organic producers, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring, conservation financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance, and support for market development projects.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of its 2019 Certified Organic Survey. Certified organic operations in Nebraska sold a total of $185 million in organic products in 2019, up 92% compared to 2016. The number of certified organic operations in Nebraska totaled 238, up 47% from 2016.
Following unsatisfactory crimping results with a commercial crimper, in 2016 researchers built a crimper with a unique design with two gangs that pull at an angle to the direction of travel. View research results from field tests with the new crimper.
Farm Starts, a June 27 workshop in Wayne, will offer growers production, business and marketing information to start or develop an organic operation. Some of the information would also be helpful to conventional growers.
The NebGuide, Nutrient Management in Organic Farming, features information also of value to conventional production, including manure management, composting, non-traditional products, and crop rotation suggestions.