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Emerging Issues in the U.S. Organic Industry

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  • Greene, Catherine R.
  • Dimitri, Carolyn
  • Lin, Biing-Hwan
  • McBride, William D.
  • Oberholtzer, Lydia
  • Smith, Travis A.

Abstract

Consumer demand for organic products has widened over the last decade. While new producers have emerged to help meet demand, market participants report that a supply squeeze is constraining growth for both individual firms and the organic sector overall. Partly in response to shortages in organic supply, Congress in 2008 included provisions in the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (2008 Farm Act) that, for the first time, provide financial support to farmers to convert to organic production. This report examines recent economic research on the adoption of organic farming systems, organic production costs and returns, and market conditions to gain a better understanding of the organic supply squeeze and other emerging issues in this rapidly changing industry.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Information Bulletin with number 58617.

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Date of creation: Jun 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersib:58617

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Keywords: organic agriculture; farmers; handlers; consumers; organic production costs; organic supply; marketing organic products; organic label; organic price premiums; local food; organic food imports; Agricultural and Food Policy; Crop Production/Industries;

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  1. Munasib, Abdul B.A. & Jordan, Jeffrey L., 2011. "The Effect of Social Capital on the Choice to Use Sustainable Agricultural Practices," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 43(02), May.
  2. Volpe III, Richard & Park, Timothy & Hennessy, David & Jensen, Helen H., 2013. "Somatic Cell Counts in Dairy Marketing: Quantile Regression for Count Data," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 151425, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  3. An, Henry & Pouliot, Sebastien & Volpe, Richard J., III, 2012. "Local, Organic, Inexpensive and Safe: Can Large Retailers Do It All?," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington 124754, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  4. Foster, Max, 2010. "Evidence of price premiums for non-GM grains in world markets," 2010 Conference (54th), February 10-12, 2010, Adelaide, Australia 59079, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
  5. Delbridge, Timothy A., 2013. "Threshold Effects in Transition to Organic Dairy Production," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150554, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  6. Adalja, Aaron & Greene, Catherine & Hanson, James & Ebel, Robert & Barron, Michael, 2013. "Adoption and Coexistence of GE, Conventional non-GE, and Organic Crops," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150397, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  7. Knutson, Ronald D. & Currier, Russell W. & Ribera, Luis A. & Goeringer, L. Paul, 2010. "Asymmetry In Raw Milk Safety Perceptions And Information: Implications For Risk In Fresh Produce Marketing And Policy," 115th Joint EAAE/AAEA Seminar, September 15-17, 2010, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany 116440, European Association of Agricultural Economists & Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  8. Kostandini, Genti & Mykerezi, Elton & Tanellari, Eftila, 2011. "Viability of Organic Production in Rural Counties: County and State-Level Evidence from the United States," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 43(03), August.
  9. Torres, Ariana P. & Marshall, Maria I. & Alexander, Corinne E., 2013. "Does Proximity Determine Organic Certification Among Farmers Using Organic Practices?," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150607, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  10. Delbridge, Timothy A., 2013. "Threshold Effects in Transition to Organic Dairy Production," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C. 150610, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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