Organic Farming in Nebraska


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Nebraska farmers wanting to diversify their farming system and gain a higher price may include organic production of crops or livestock.

For consumers, there are more and more options available when choosing organically grown or raised products.

The University of Nebraska has a rapidly expanding research program focused on organic farming. Contributors represent many departments on campus and numerous partner organizations. Visit our research page to explore past, current, and future projects and opportunities.

 

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