Cornucopia’s Take: The Montana Organic Association‘s (MOA) mission is to advocate and promote organic agriculture for the highest good of the people, the environment and the state’s economy. Because organic market prices are higher than conventional, and the cost of inputs for organic farming is often far below that for conventional, MOA finds that organic farming is often more viable for new farmers. As these farms face increasing competition from cheap “organic” imports and industrial domestic supply, organizations like MOA in communities across the country are increasingly vital to ensure long-term sustainability of organic producers and their local food economies.
Organic farming oftentimes most viable for new producers
Great Falls Tribune
by Amy Grisak
The Montana Organic Association is a valuable resource in this burgeoning realm of agriculture providing information and support for growers and conscientious consumers. This vibrant organization is there to help producers by cultivating networks to sell their products, assist those transitioning from conventional systems, and continue to work on the regulation aspect of organic production, along with offering educational opportunities for everyone.
“We represent, educate, and support organic growers and interested citizens,” said Doug Crabtree, board chairperson of the Montana Organic Association.
Conventional agricultural undoubtedly dominates the Montana landscape, yet according to Crabtree, “The market for organic has been growing in double digits for years.” Read Full Article »