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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance and running mates. President Trump called Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for baseless conspiracy theory QAnon.

Report: Switching to Organic Farming Brings Economic Harvest

May 1, 2007


A new report says there's a big economic boost when farmers convert their operations from conventional to organic crop production. The study from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture found organic rotation farming produced 52 percent more sales revenue than conventional farming, and it almost doubled the income produced by a farmer's labor time. Iowa State University economics professor David Swenson wrote the report, and he says organic farming gives more of a boost to the local economy.

“The organic operation has a stronger linkage to the regional economy, it helps to stimulate more business.”

Swenson adds that in addition to the economic benefits, organic farming helps improve the local environment, and can also spur economic growth in the organic processing industry.

Clayton county organic farmer Jeff Kling says the most challenging part of going organic is the transition period, and he says farmers making the switch could benefit from assistance from state and federal agencies.

“That transition period is tough. Government programs to help that transition period would be beneficial.”

The full report is available at www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/marketing_files/woodbury.htm.

Dick Layman/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - IA