In short, there is a need.
Organic agriculture continues to grow.
Sales of organic products in the U.S. have grown from $3.6 billion in 1997 to nearly $50 billion in 2017.
Supply is not keeping up with demand.
While organic food sales make up approximately 5.5% of total U.S. food sales, less than 1% of farmland is dedicated to organic production. Much of the domestic supply shortfall is being satisfied with imported organic grain.
There is a lack of trained support professionals available to organic producers.
Recent research by the U.S. Organic Grains Collaboration identified a shortage of technical service providers who understand organic production and are set up to work with growers seeking support
And, those professionals matter.
A 2012 survey of 4,778 medium- to large-sized corn farmers in the Midwest rated chemical dealers, seed dealers, and consultants as the most influential actors in farm decision making, topped only by family members. In order to support farmers as they assess the opportunities and risks associated with transitioning acreage to organic grain production, these key influencers need access to information, resources, and training on organic grain production
Especially for organic production.
Despite the potential financial returns offered by organic grain price premiums, organic production presents unique risks, particularly with navigating the 36-month transition. Farmers cite one-on-one technical assistance and support from consultants as top needed resources or support mechanisms for navigating the transition.