This survey of fruit, vegetable and nut producers in Alabama is part of one objective of a larger USDA NIFA grant titled, "Strengthening Organic Farming Infrastructure through Consumer Education, Market Development, and Integrated Extension and Research Programs in the Southeastern Region." This survey is part of a market chain study of organics in Alabama. Conducting a market chain analysis of organic foods involves identifying the sources of organic foods, the market intermediaries participating in the marketing chain, the consumers of organic foods, evaluating the growth in market sales of organic foods and the market and institutional factors that influence the marketing of organic foods in the state. Consumers, retailers and market intermediaries of organic foods will also be surveyed.
Though no real data exist on Alabama market sales of organic produce there are about 29 organic food retail and wholesale distributors in the state. Hence, it would seem that almost all of the organic fruits and vegetables consumed and marketed are from out of state. Given that the organically produced crop market in the US is expected to grow by 14% from 2013 to 2018 (Daniells, 2014) it is important to place emphasis on the production and marketing of organically produced crops in the state so that producers can take advantage of this opportunity.
The goal of this survey is to determine the potential for organic production by Alabama fruit and vegetable producers. We want to answer the following questions:
Here is the survey link
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