Organic Basics and Business Operations with Anders Gurda and Paul Dietmann


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The organic industry generates 50 billion dollar a year. But if you’re looking at transitioning into organic farming, where do you begin? Anders Gurda and Paul Dietmann work with organic farmers every day. Join us with host Dr. Erin Silva for part two of our four part series on transitioning to organic farming, where we discuss how to improve your organic business, how to navigate the financials of switching, and where to find the best buyers for your grains.

Listen in to learn:

  • How teaming up with your fellow organic farmers can improve your business
  • What barriers (perceived or real) can keep farmers from transitioning to organic
  • What benefits crop consultants and agronomists can offer to growers looking to transition
  • How to navigate the financials of a wise transition, including cash flow, capital purchases, and timelines

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