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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Feb 21, 2020

The organic industry generates 50 billion dollar a year. But if you’re looking at transitioning into organic farming, where do you begin? Anders Gurda and Paul Dietmann work with organic farmers every day. Join us with host Dr. Erin Silva for part two of our four part series on transitioning to organic farming, where we discuss how to improve your organic business, how to navigate the financials of switching, and where to find the best buyers for your grains.

Listen in to learn:

  • How teaming up with your fellow organic farmers can improve your business
  • What barriers (perceived or real) can keep farmers from transitioning to organic
  • What benefits crop consultants and agronomists can offer to growers looking to transition
  • How to navigate the financials of a wise transition, including cash flow, capital purchases, and timelines

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