Organic Farming Financial Benchmarks Webinar by eOrganic

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About the webinar

While there is much anecdotal information about farm performance and profitability, real world information about production, financial performance, and profitability on organic farms is scarce.

Since 2006, researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Farm Financial Management and their partners have been collecting and analyzing farm financial data on organic farms and integrating them into FINBIN, one of the largest and most accessible sources of farm financial and production benchmark information in the world. Through their work, they are documenting the financial performance of participating organic producers so that they and their peers have more accurate benchmarks on which to evaluate organic options, as well as to un-mask the financial performance of a group of organic producers to provide agricultural lenders better information on which to base credit decisions and to give policy makers, researchers, and others real-world insight into organic farm performance.

In this webinar, Dale Nordquist, Center for Farm Financial Management at the University of Minnesota, will describe the Minnesota Organic Farm Business Management Project, and show three years worth of results of organic farm financial performance in Minnesota.

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Published December 18, 2009

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