How Conventional Farms Can Transition To Organic Farming

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Organic farming has many benefits, economically, socially, and financially. It is even helpful in keeping the environment away from the harmful chemicals that we use on conventional farms. But most farms in the United States and all over the world use conventional methods of farming. After all, these methods are cheaper and more accessible.

But in recent years, people begin to look for healthier options when it comes to what they feed their families. That’s why the organic industry has become massive in the past decade. It is so massive that many conventional farms are now turning into organic farms.

However, it is important to note that the organic farming transition process isn’t easy and that it requires planning and perfect execution.

Organic Certification

Changing from conventional to organic means you have to go through a transition process. You need an organic certification so you can sell your products and label them as organic. However, this isn’t possible if the regulatory bodies would not be satisfied with your process.

The transition process usually takes three years to complete. This means that if you want to grow organic corn, the land where it will be planted should not receive pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals for at least three years.

During the transition period (three years), you are allowed to grow food products in an organic way, meaning no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers should touch the crops. These crops should be grown organically but they cannot be sold as organic products.

Split Farming

You can choose split farming instead of fully transition to organic farming. Split-farming operations mean simultaneously growing crops organically and conventionally.

This allows the farmers to transition to organic farming field-by-field instead of on a whole-farm basis. Experienced farmers would tell you that field-by-field transition is far better than transitioning the whole farm in one instance because of the different requirements of the crops.

There is an extensive difference in nutrient and pest management between these two methods.

Transitioning to organic farming needs a lot of planning, even before you get to the point of executing that plan. You need a bit of money, too, although many organizations and even state grants would help you with the transition.

How about profitability? How profitable could organic farming be for you? You would have to plan that out, too, because although it is nice to run an organic farm purely for an environmental and ecological reason, your farm still needs to make money.

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