Development of Washington Organic Producer-Level Database on Crop Yields, Sales Value, and Price
CSANR Project 117
The continued growth in the organic food market presents many Washington growers with the difficult decision of whether to switch from conventional production. While a cost and return estimate (enterprise budget) is a fundamental tool for the considering a new enterprise, information beyond a net return estimate for the “typical” producer is more crucial for organic producers. Net returns are more variable due to greater production and market risks. We initiated a project to capture yield and sales data on six organic crops from WSDA Organic Food Program records to understand the variability of these parameters and create estimates for use in budgets. This proposal requests additional funding to capture additional crops and years of data and construct an electronic database to be used for a range of research and extension purposes that aim at providing more complete information on the economic opportunities and risks from switching to organic farming.