*costs of organic crop production (enterprise budgets)
*market prices for farm crops (what can farmers expect to receive)
*retail cost comparisons between organic and conventional foods (what
can consumers expect to pay)
Regarding market prices for certified organic crops and produce, so
far I've found Organic Commodity Price Fax Bulletin (see below)
published by Organic Food Business News, which reports current
market prices for organic crops (fresh fruits, vegetable and herbs,
dairy, grains, beans, and oilseeds) through its weekly fax service.
Organic Food Business News
Hotline Printing and Publishing
PO Box 161132
Altamonte Springs, FL 32716
$99 per 12 issues of Organic Food Business News
$187 per year for Organic Commodity Price Fax Bulletin
Does OMNIS (Organic Market News Information Service) still
operate? Does USDA collect data?
It seems that data exists for those who can afford it, but otherwise
it is inaccessible.
Costs of Production for Organic Crops
The University of California's Sustainable Agriculture Research and
Education Program (UC-SAREP) published studies on the economics of
several organic horticultural and agronomic cropping systems. To date
UC-SAREP has completed sample costs to produce organic almonds, wine
grapes, fresh market apples, tomatoes, vegetables, cotton, walnuts,
and rice (2). Several studies are on-line at:
Copies of individual reports are available for $10 each through:
Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
University of California
Davis, CA 95616
Tel. (916) 752-9376
E-mail: email@example.com (Laura Tourte)
Cultural Practices and Sample Costs for Organic Vegetable Production
on the Central Coast of California (Giannini Foundation Series No.
94-2) is another publication from University of California that
contains useful information. It is currently out-of-print, but
photocopies are available for $10.00 through the Department of
Agricultural & Resource Economics (address listed above).
A portion of this report -- including the abstract and an overview of
production practices -- is available on the Internet at UC-SAREP's web
Related URL's on Markets and Budgets for Crops
USDA-generated market prices for fruits and vegetables at 13 major
terminals are available on the Internet at:
Fruit & Vegetable Reports at University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
New Jersey Department of Agriculture hosts a web site with terminal
and shipping reports for horticultural crops (fruits, vegetables, onion and
potato, ornamental and floriculture, herbs) at:
AERDI ON-LINE INFORMATION NETWORK
FBMInet-BC, The Farm Business Management Information Network has
on-line enterprise budgets on a broad selection of horticultural crops.
FBMInet-BC is a joint initiative of the British Columbia Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Canadian Farm Business
Planning for Profit Enterprise Budgets
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