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Roadblocks to Transition: an Interview with The Counter

The organic market is booming, but farmers hoping to transition still struggle with the certification process.

“The biggest barrier is making it financially work through the three years of transition,” says Mae Petrehn, who works as an organic transition consultant in South Dakota for Dakota’s Best Seed. “If you’re a larger crop operation, where you haven’t necessarily had a great rotation for a long time and you haven’t been building up that soil health, you’re going to have a little more risk, some unanticipated issues.”

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