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New Hotline Helps Farmers Make a Cool Transition to Organic Production

December 11, 2006

Madison, WI - Spring planting season may seem far away, but a new hotline that opens today will help farmers who are interested in making the transition to organic production.

Harriet Behar will run the hotline for the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service. She says high consumer demand has a lot of farmers looking more closely at organic options, and there's a plethora of information available to answer their questions.

"We'll be able to talk with them about places they can sell their organic products, how long it will take to get their land certified 'organic,' and what's allowed or not allowed to be used during those transition years."

Behar says organic production methods aren't just for crops and produce. Feed suppliers, processors, and dairy and other livestock farms are getting into the organic game and they have lots of questions, too.

"They're not sure about what they need to do to get certified to have an organically labeled product. They want to know what kind of pest control and minerals they can have, how can they mix things, what kind of dust suppressants they can use in their feed, and so on."

The toll-free "Farmer Transition Hotline" is the place to ask those questions, at 888-551-4769.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - WI