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Make Your Organic Transition Period a Smart Investment

To become an organic farmer, you need to complete the organic transition period. Unfortunately, that’s a financial barrier for many farmers. Why? Because unless you have some hidden acres, you’re growing crops organically for 36 months while selling them at commodity prices. But with the right loan, plan, and mindset, you can use this time […]

New Options Offer Farm Loans for Organic Transition

If securing farm loans for organic transition feels daunting, we have some good news. It’s not as hard as it used to be. In fact, there’s a number of new options that could provide a solution for you and your operation. Traditional lenders, farmland investors, non-profits, and even big food companies are starting to create […]

Organic Farming Loans Support Growers during Transition

Ask a farmer what’s keeping them from transitioning to organic row crops, and you may be surprised to hear a common answer. Finances. It’s often a struggle to find organic farming loans tailored to their needs. Yes, organics offer excellent premiums and can bring long-term profitability. But first you have to get through the 36-month […]

Robotic Farming Tackles Weeds and Reduces Costs

Organic farmers know the best defense against weeds is to play offense. You need a game plan that keeps weeds from going to seed and emerging. Enter robotic farming. Robots solves organic weed control challenges Two of the key practices currently used for weed prevention are cover crops and tillage. A good cover crop stand […]

Organic Cover Crop Seed Improves Profits and Soil Health

The Raikes’ are transitioning as many row crop acres of their family farm into organics as possible. And they’ve seen such remarkable economic and soil health benefits with cover crops on those fields that they’ve decided to launch a new business, Nebraska Cover Crop, too. Justin Raikes, a fifth generation farmer in Nebraska, shares his […]

Autonomous Farm Equipment Solves Organic Labor and Time Challenges

Ask an organic farmer about their biggest challenges and labor and time crunches are likely to be at the top. But autonomous farm equipment may soon be an option to help solve those issues. And help growers be more efficient in their operations, too. That’s what Craig Rupp, founder and CEO of Sabanto, has seen […]

Organic Breakevens: What to Know and How to Calculate

If you’re thinking about organics, you’ve probably debated whether it’s going to pay off — literally. Yes, the price premiums are good, but you’ve heard your yields will take a hit. How can you predict profitability? The answer: calculating your organic breakevens. What are an organic breakevens? Simply put, it’s a way to calculate what […]

Sustainable Success with Organic Row Crops

Zero tillage. Continuous cover. Rotational grazing. Several farming practices are regenerative in nature. But when it comes to the economics of sustainable success in agriculture, organics remains one of the strongest. Premiums for organic corn and soybeans have more than doubled their conventional counterparts’ prices over the last decade. This is hanks to high consumer […]

Organic Rye Key to Distillery’s Prohibition Era Spirits

In Carroll County, Iowa — home of the original Templeton rye —  a distillery teamed up with a local organic farm to revive its Prohibition past. The story of Iowa Legendary Rye dates back to the Great Depression. That’s when Lorine Sextro and her family housed a bootlegger in the attic on their Carroll County […]