In the organic farming community, the strong survive. Although organic farmers achieve much higher premiums -- as high as 100% to 200% for some crops -- than conventional farmers, they must first go through a three- to four-year transition period in which they are paying higher costs for inputs but not receiving premium pay. During this time farmers use more expensive manures, fertilizers, organic seed and organic feed for meat and dairy producers, along with other items not used in ...

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