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Author McBride, William D., author.

Title The profit potential of certified organic field crop production / William D. McBride ; Catherine Greene ; Linda Foreman ; and Mir Ali.

Publication Info. [Washington, D.C.] : United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, [2015]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Federal Documents Online  A 93.73:188    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (ii, [2], 46 pages) : illustrations.
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Economic research report ; number 188
Economic research report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service) ; no. 188.
Note Title from title screen (viewed July 30, 2015).
"July 2015."
Accompanied by summary report.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 33-36).
Contents Summary -- Introduction -- Background and Objective -- Challenges of Organic Field Crop Production -- Organic and Conventional Field Crop Prices -- Organic Cropping Systems Literature -- Organic and Conventional Field Crop Yields -- Characteristics and Costs of Organic and Conventional Crop Farms -- Corn -- Wheat -- Soybeans -- Organic and Conventional Production Cost Differences -- Organic Transition and Certification Costs -- Returns to Organic Field Crop Production -- Conclusions.
Summary Organic crop acres in the United States more than doubled between 2002 and 2011 as acreage increased from 1.3 to over 3 million acres. While acreage for some major field crops increased substantially during this period, growth was more modest or had stalled for others. This study examines the profitability of corn, wheat, and soybean production using national survey data and finds that significant economic returns are possible from organic production of these crops. The main reason for higher per-bushel returns to organic production is the price premiums paid for organic crops. Despite potentially higher returns, the adoption of organic field crop production has been slow and is challenging due to such factors as achieving effective weed control and the processes involved with organic certification.
Subject Organic farming -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Field crops -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Corn -- Organic farming -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Wheat -- Organic farming -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Soybean -- Organic farming -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Organic farming -- Economic aspects. (OCoLC)fst01047691
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Added Author Greene, Catherine, author.
Foreman, Linda, author.
Ali, Mir B., author.
United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service, issuing body.
Gpo Item No. 0042-V (online)
Sudoc No. A 93.73:188

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