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Organic agriculture is an ecologically-based management system with the primary objective of optimizing the health of soil, animals, and people.
Why is it important to address risk management in organic farming?
In this publication, we focus on production risks for crops that include cultural practices, variety selection, and management of pests and diseases.
This publication will help growers who are contemplating adopting organic production practices understand the risks that are associated with organic production and make choices that will minimize those risks. Additionally, this guide will also be beneficial to all organic producers, regardless of their level of experience.
We have provided two alternate versions of this manual. The first is in a PDF format with color graphics. These can be read with Adobe Reader, available at get.adobe.com/reader/. We also have made available the same materials in plain text.
At the end of each chapter are quizzes to gauge your risk in a given topic. Electronic versions of the quizzes at the end of the chapters are also available at: courses.cfans.umn.edu/OrganicProjectQuizzes
For more information about this publication, please contact:
Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
411 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul, MN 55108
Development of this manual and research that supported it were funded by the USDA Risk Management Agency and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Acknowledgements
Arlene West Communications
Jane Grimsbo Jewett