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The Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers: Keeping the Dream of Farming Alive

As older farmers retire, fewer young farmers are stepping in to take their place. The number of beginning farmers dropped 20 percent in the last five-year census period, and the average US farmer now tops 58 years of age. more

CIAS Mini-Grants Support Graduate Student Research in Sustainable Agriculture

CIAS supports innovative graduate student research addressing the challenges faced by small- and medium-sized farms and food businesses. Awarded annually, our competitive mini-grants aid students as they initiate their research in sustainable agriculture and food systems. more


Announcing the 2019 Market Farm Madness Champion!

Hoophouse is your 2019 Market Farm Madness champion! They withstood high winds, late snow storms and controversy over cost share payments to win the tournament. more

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Turning Grain into Dough: Farm Financial Management for Organic Grain and Crop Rotation

Posted August 2019

As of 2019 the five-year average farm gate price of organic corn in the U.S. is around $9 per bushel while the average for conventional corn has been about $3.50. Is it any wonder that some farmers are looking at what it takes to transition to certified organic production?

While prices for organic commodities look very attractive to farmers facing several straight years of declining net farm income, the transition to organic is neither simple nor inexpensive. The decision to transition must be made thoughtfully, and is much more than an economic decision. A farmer must be willing to commit to a significant shift in production philosophy, not just a change in practices in order to succeed.

Thousands of farmers who have transitioned to organic production have found the commitment and change needed personally and financially
worthwhile. This publication will help you estimate the financial implications of a decision to take on organic crop transition, in hopes of enhancing your chances of success.

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