We believe in the power of a well-connected group of farmers to share valuable information, workshop solutions, and advocate for what will benefit the group as a whole. A rising tide lifts all boats.
KPI: Number of acres transitioned receiving FPP support (financing, agronomy, community)
Resilience through diversity
Diversifying production systems and income streams can lead to more resilient farming operations capable of withstanding the highs and lows of seasonal weather and unpredictable markets. Transitioning to organic production is a diversification strategy that holds promise for increased profitability, farmer and farm laborer safety, more stable markets, vital rural communities, and an increased likelihood of successful farm transfer to the next generation. Penn State Agricultural Economist Dr. Edward Jaenicke found that Organic Hotspots boost household incomes and reduce poverty levels, a phenomenon that farm country needs now more than ever.
The Farm Profit Program brings the organic opportunity within reach
Through providing financial tools, valuable agronomic and certification consultation, engaging educational content, and organic inputs, farmers not only see the opportunity but are able to pursue organic certification and access the organic marketplace. Our partnerships with Rabo Bank and Compeer Financial make transition loans available to farmers needing financing or working capital to purchase equipment or retool their operations. We’re able to educate producers about organic crop insurance programs and make introductions to insurance experts and brokers that can lead the way to decreased risk. Extended contracts can unlock financing, decrease marketing costs, and allow a farmer to focus on farming – our long-term off-take agreements are always an option for any organic grower.
It goes without saying that there’s a learning curve that a transitioning farmer navigates on their way to certified organic production. Our in-house transition consultant can answer questions and provide resources to increase confidence and ability, and farmers can find a skilled organic agronomist using our agronomist referral network if more support is needed. Producers can also access our educational resources – podcasts, video series, printed guides – to optimize their organic operations or prepare for transition. We also provide many of the inputs, from seed to pelletized poultry manure, that a farmer will need.
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