WASHINGTON (PRNewswire-USNewswire) - Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha told the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) this week that state agriculture directors are critical in the creation of much-needed policies that provide more choice and opportunity - including the organic option - in today's U.S. agricultural system.
"This is a great time for farms of all sizes to look at how organic might fit into their operation," Batcha
"The State Departments of Agriculture
play a key role in developing and delivering sound public policy that supports diversity in agriculture, including the organic choice for farmers and ranchers of all sizes and backgrounds."
noted that organic farm-gate prices are in some cases two to three times higher than that for their conventional counterparts, and that combined with forecasted long-term growth for organic demand and the opportunity for stable contract and supply chain relationships, the organic option has never looked better.
"The greatest challenge facing the $39.1 billion organic industry is how to meet the burgeoning demand for organic food with adequate supply of crops, ingredients, and feed.
Imports of organic products outpaced exports, amounting to nearly $1.3 billion in 2014.
This amounts to a 'Help Wanted' message for American farmers.
Please support them when they answer this call," Batcha
told the agricultural officials.
spoke at an OTA-hosted organic lunch for the officials, who have been meeting in Hawaii to discuss key national agricultural policy issues and to network with agricultural stakeholders.
In a session to discuss a strategic plan for NASDA
outlined several key issues and opportunities for OTA
and the organic industry to collaborate with the association: