Transition to Organic – A SARE Business Manual

Organic food is a booming business. The profit potential— along with other rewards— has farmers, ranchers and food business owners across the country considering the switch to organic production. But successfully managing your business through the multi-year transition process requires careful planning. If you are interested in transitioning, the new SARE publication Organic Transition: A Business Planner for Farmers, Ranchers and Food Entrepreneurs can help. While not a comprehensive guide to meeting certification requirements, the Organic Transition Plannerwill help you explore organic transition strategies and decide whether going organic makes sense for your farm or business. With it you can explore critical questions such as: What are your long-term business goals? What organic market opportunities are you in a position to exploit? How will you acquire the resources you need to make the transition? How will you anticipate and deal with challenges as they arise? The Organic Transition Planner contains explanations of key concepts, real-life examples from transitioning farmers and detailed worksheets covering farm operations, marketing, human resources and finances. For ease of use, electronic spreadsheets, fillable PDF worksheets and AgPlan, a business planning software program, are all available online with the Organic T

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