The drought presents a particular challenge for organic livestock and dairy producers. Organic standards require a portion of the ration to include pasture and when pastures have dried up that is a problem. Another problem is while the price of conventional corn and soybeans hits record-highs, the price of organic corn and soybeans is even higher. Harriet Behar is Outreach Coordinator for MOSES (Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service), she says like many, the real challenge for organic producers lies in the months ahead.
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