First, congratulations for joining the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).
The NOSB needs to set up to raise the standards of organic
farming, not to lower them so that the “Agri-Corp”
can slip in. Organic farming will become more essential in
the future, not only because it is healthier, but because
of its reduced impact on the environment and natural resources.
I have been actively looking for a farm in Chester County.
I would like to make sure that I purchase the land at a price
point that can make the business profitable. I was wondering
if you have any favorite resources for determining the economics
(I am most interested in corn and other grains).
Thanks for the well wishes. I do plan to work toward the
goal of sustaining the highest standards of organic. If large
agribusiness wants to be organic, they'll need to play by
the same rules as everyone else.
As far as economic data goes, I suggest you look at our
on the New Farm website and play with some numbers and economic
forms. This will help you plan your planting scenario.
Chester County is a beautiful area of Southern Pennsylvania;
good luck in your search.