Arkansas: Research Survey to Gauge Interest in Organic Crops

    Cabbage grown in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Photo: Texas AgriLife Extension

    Researchers are surveying farmers across the Mid-South through Dec. 31 to gauge their interest in organic crop production.

    The survey is being conducted jointly by Winrock International and the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. It is the first step toward a larger project.

    The survey may be found here:

    The link will be live until end of business on Dec. 31.

    The researchers are seeking responses from active producers of row, fruit, vegetable and field crops, including hay and forage, as well as livestock owners in Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee.

    “We want to hear from a range of size of operations and types of producers,” said Michael Popp, economist and professor with the Division of Agriculture.

    “The survey is being conducted to help design a three-year agricultural research project focusing on organic production issues in the Mid-South,” said Joseph Schafer, new business and program development manager for Winrock International. “The information is being collected ahead of a grant proposal to be submitted in 2021 that would fund the project.”

    Popp said “the information collected may lead to a publication on producer sentiment toward, and the extent of adoption of organic crop production. We think the information would be useful to researchers, agricultural policy makers and agribusiness sector professionals throughout the region.”

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    About Winrock International

    Winrock International is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake, Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe.

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