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This a major USDA confirmation of the vitality of the organic sector and its components. Lots of footnotes, examples, sidebars.

Shep: Names to keep cultivating, the report's authors:
Lydia Oberholtzer, Carolyn Dimitri, and Catherine Greene

Chris: If we need more ag econ folks with organic experience: [The authors] ...thank *Shubha Chakravarty (formerly with ERS) for invaluable research assistance with the price data and *Fred Teensma (Agricultural Marketing
Service) for guiding us to various data sets. We also thank *Terry Long (Agricultural Marketing Service), *Jim Tringe (Foreign Agricultural Service), *Ted Jaenicke (Pennsylvania State University), *Rick Welsh** (Clarkson University), *Joy Harwood (ERS), and *Lewrene Glaser (ERS) for thoughtful reviews of the manuscript.

**http://www.clarkson.edu/news/view.php?id=1051 on Rick Welsh, especially

Description: dated May 2005 (most citations 2004 and before) PRICE PREMIUMS HOLD ON AS U.S. ORGANIC PRODUCE MARKET EXPAND --Price premiums for organic products have contributed to growth
in certified organic farmland and, ultimately, market expansion. Fresh
produce has long been an important component of the organic food sector,
and a significant contributor to the organic industry's growth over the
last decade. This article explores price premiums and market margins for
a limited set of fresh produce items--carrots, broccoli, and mesclun
mix.

You are able to view this publication at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/vgs/may05/VGS30801/
or you may go to
http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/reports/erssor/specialty/vgs-bb/2005/


Shep: They review sources of organic prices, somehow miss the OPX.
Chris: if they chose mesclun mix, think we should add it to OPX once we get funded?

Greg


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