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Risk and risk management in organic agriculture: Views of organic farmers

Risk and risk management in organic agriculture: Views of organic farmers AbstractIn a series of focus groups during 2001 and 2002, organic farmers from different regions of the United States identified a wide range of risks to their operations. The focus groups were facilitated by the University of Maryland in cooperation with a research team from USDA's Economic Research Service, to explore the risks faced by organic farmers, how they are managed, and needs for risk management assistance. Contamination of organic production from genetically modified organisms was seen as a major risk, particularly by grain, soybean and cotton farmers. Focus-group participants producing grains and cotton—many of whom knew about and had obtained crop insurance—raised concerns about coverage offered, including the need for insurance to reflect the higher prices received for organic crops. Most fruit and vegetable producers participating in the focus groups had little knowledge of crop insurance. When provided with basic information about crop insurance, operators of small fruit and vegetable farms were skeptical about its usefulness for their type of operation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems Cambridge University Press

Risk and risk management in organic agriculture: Views of organic farmers

Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems , Volume 19 (4): 10 – Feb 12, 2007

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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2004
ISSN
1742-1713
eISSN
1742-1705
DOI
10.1079/RAFS200482
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Abstract

AbstractIn a series of focus groups during 2001 and 2002, organic farmers from different regions of the United States identified a wide range of risks to their operations. The focus groups were facilitated by the University of Maryland in cooperation with a research team from USDA's Economic Research Service, to explore the risks faced by organic farmers, how they are managed, and needs for risk management assistance. Contamination of organic production from genetically modified organisms was seen as a major risk, particularly by grain, soybean and cotton farmers. Focus-group participants producing grains and cotton—many of whom knew about and had obtained crop insurance—raised concerns about coverage offered, including the need for insurance to reflect the higher prices received for organic crops. Most fruit and vegetable producers participating in the focus groups had little knowledge of crop insurance. When provided with basic information about crop insurance, operators of small fruit and vegetable farms were skeptical about its usefulness for their type of operation.

Journal

Renewable Agriculture and Food SystemsCambridge University Press

Published: Feb 12, 2007

Keywords: focus groups; organic farming; crop insurance; organic certification; genetically modified organisms

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