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crop prices, organic food, commodities, sustainable agriculture


Price premiums for organic crops have drawn the attention of increasing numbers of farmers in the Northern Great Plains and Upper Midwest in recent years. Falling prices for crops grown with "conventional" farming methods have caused an increasing number of farmers to explore the possibilities of switching to organic methods and obtaining organic certification. One indication of this interest has been the relatively high attendance at meetings of organic and sustainable farming associations in 1998 and 1999. As part of the sustainable agriculture research program in the Economics Department at South Dakota State University (SDSU), we have been comparing "organic" and "conventional" crop prices over the past several years. This pamphlet contains an update of the price comparisons through 1998. The information should be of use to farmers and others considering management changes and investments related to organic agriculture.


Economics Pamphlet 99-1