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Exploring the Value of Organic Certification

Many young and beginning farmers adhere to organic agricultural practices but choose not to pursue organic certification. Yet many farmers consider certification to be a highly valuable tool for their business, for their customers, and for their mission to grow food that is socially and ecologically responsible. This panel will explore common concerns about certification, such as cost, paperwork, perceived erosion of standards, and marketplace value. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their certification questions and better understand what certification entails. 

This workshop is approved for 1.5 Professional Development CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors.


The panel features Pat Bollinger, a non-certified grower, and Chris Hay,  a certified grower.

Sponsored By: 
the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.

Track and Session Info

Beginning Farmers & Ranchers
A | 8:30 am

Date and Location

Fred Farr



Thank you to our EcoFarm 2020 sponsors!