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SOURCES OF AGRICULTURAL INFORMATION

Thinking back over your years as a certified organic producer, how important were each of the following as sources of information about organic production practices, farm management, and marketing strategies?

Information Sources Mean Scores on a Scale from 1 (”Not Important”) to 5 (“Very Important”)
Own experimentation, creativity, or innovation 4.25
Other farmers 3.76
Conferences, workshops, or seminars 3.29
Organic certification agency 3.26
WA Department of Agriculture 3.23
Agricultural input suppliers 3.22
Newsletters, magazines, or newspapers 3.21
Internet-based resources 3.07
WSU scientists or researchers 2.94
Field days or farm walks 2.80
Washington Tilth Association 2.73
WSU Extension educators 2.73
Formal education or continuing education classes 2.55
Family members 2.52
Private consultants 2.50
ATTRA (National Sustainable Agriculture Info Service) 2.42
USDA-SARE (including SAN) 2.12
Marketing cooperative 2.07
Commodity or growers association 2.04
Nonresponses ranged from 10 to 20

In 2007, how many times did you have the following types of contact with Washington State University (WSU) representatives with regard to your organic farm operation?

Contact with WSU Representatives Not
at all
(%)
At least once
(%)
About two times
(%)
Three times or more
(%)
Visited a WSU Extension office 69.3 16.4 7.9 6.4
Visited a WSU Extension website 50.1 14.9 13.7 21.3
Read a WSU Extension bulletin or report 33.6 18.4 22.5 25.4
Attended a WSU Extension meeting, workshop, or field day 57.8 19.3 13.5 9.5
Had a WSU scientist or Extension educator visit my farm 74.3 11.6 6.4 7.8
Collaborated on a research project with a WSU scientist or Extension educator 78.5 10.8 5.8 4.9
Nonresponses ranged from 8 to 14

In your opinion, how successful have Washington State University (WSU) representatives been in serving the needs of organic producers in the state?

Frequency %
Very successful 50 15.9
Somewhat successful 203 64.4
Not successful 62 19.7
TOTAL 315 100.0
Nonresponses = 41

How interested are you in working directly with Washington State University (WSU) scientists or Extension educators on a research project related to organic agriculture within the next one to three years?

Frequency %
Very interested 129 37.8
Somewhat interested 153 44.9
Not interested 59 17.3
TOTAL 341 100.0
Nonresponses = 15

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