Ohio farmers who’ve been considering entering the growing market for organic food are being invited to a workshop to help them make the transition.
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association and the Ohio State University Organic Food & Farming Education and Research Program will present “Organics 101: An Introduction to Organic Crop Production” Dec. 10 at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation in Bowling Green.
The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The foundation is located at 13737 Middleton Pike.
“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the demand for organic foods over the past decade,” Mike Anderson, program coordinator of the OEFFA, said. “More and more Ohio farmers are considering organic production to help meet this demand and take advantage of the economic opportunity that it provides. Even if a farmer is just wondering if organics might be right for their operation, this workshop will be a good place to start.”
The program will include presentations by Ohio State University research scientists and educators, organic farmers, and organic certification representatives.
Topics to be presented include the economics of organic crop production, marketing opportunities, and certification standards and processes.
The registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.
For information contact Mike Anderson at the OEFFA, 41 Croswell Rd., Columbus, O. 43214.
The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 required the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop national standards for organically produced agricultural products.
The act and National Organic Program regulations require that agricultural products labeled as organic originate from farms or handling operations certified by a state or private entity that has been accredited by the agriculture department.
Regulations established by the act and NOP do not address food safety or nutrition issues.
Last month, the Organic Farming Research Foundation announced it was launching a research initiative to investigate the potential benefits of organic agriculture.
Maureen Wilmot, deputy director of the non-profit foundation, said researchers will review existing scientific literature and analyze other data.
The foundation plans to release results of the study in the spring of 2011.