Organic Farmers: Weigh in on the National Organic Survey

National policies, issues, and institutions affect organic farmers, yet we lack a strong presence to ensure that the certified organic farmer’s viewpoint, needs, and concerns are represented in the national arena. To address this situation, several organic farming organizations have been discussing building a more effective and clearer voice for certified organic farmers. We are proud of certified organic’s growth and growing prominence in the marketplace, and believe now is the time that farmers, who are at the core of this success, establish a focused and strong voice.

To ensure we are going about this the right way, and to make certain this direction is desired by organic farmers and ranchers, we need your feedback! Please complete this short, 10-minute survey to tell us your thoughts about a national effort to organize organic farmers, and identify issues important to you. Please contact Kate Mendenhall, kate.mendenhall@gmail.com, 585-944-2503 for more information and how to be part of the larger discussion. Paper surveys are available to those without access to the web.

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This article was written by Kate Mendenhall.

Kate Mendenhall is an independent contractor working for a group of 13 organic farmer-based organizations. For the past eight years, she worked for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY), and served as their Executive Director from 2009-2014. In the spring of 2014, she moved with her family to her hometown in rural Iowa to try farming, where she is now currently working on starting her own organic farm in northwest Iowa. She also continues to help support the growth of the organic movement through organizing work for farmers.

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