Featured Research

Breaking New Ground: Farmer Perspectives on Organic TransitionBreaking New Ground: Farmer Perspectives on Organic Transition

Despite increasing consumer demand for organic food and farm products and double-digit annual sales growth, U.S. organic production is currently flat and unable to meet demand.

“Breaking New Ground,” a report from the OSU Center for Small Farms and Oregon Tilth, Inc., presents findings from a national survey of farmers about their experiences with organic transition, exploring motivations, obstacles, and desired resources and support related to the transition process.

Our report also highlights key recommendations for organizations and agencies that can provide support in crop research, infrastructure and market development as well as shaping public policy to support transition to organic production.

 

Future of FarmlandThe Future of Oregon's Agricultural Land

Sixty-four percent of Oregon's farmland is expected to change hands in the next 20 years, yet many Oregon farmers are unprepared for succession.  Simultaneously, beginning farmers are finding it harder to start farmers because of dramatically increasing land prices.

These distinct but interwined challenges are addressed in a new research report from the Oregon State University Center for Small Farms, Portland State University's Planning Oregon/Institute for Metropolitan Studies, and Rogue Farm Corps.  The study examines trends in land tenure and the effects they might have on Oregon's economy, rural communities, and environment.

The report was in many ways inspired and informed by the land access working group of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network.

 

Publications by Center Affiliates

Overview of Legal Initiatives in Oregon Supporting Local and Regional Agriculture

  • Authors: Trant, Brekken, Lurie, and Davis
  • Publication date: 2016
  • Summary: This paper discusses specific policies the State of Oregon has developed to serve Oregon farmers, in particular, its population of small-scale agricultural producers that sell into local and regional markets.