The Montana Organic Association is seeking certified organic producers OR producers transitioning to organic production to participate in a virtual focus group (small group discussion) some time in January or February (time and date to be determined by Doodle Poll. The virtual focus group is part of a national survey led by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) to identify the top challenges facing organic farmers and ranchers. The discussion will be hosted on Zoom and participants will be able to join via computer or phone.
After attending the virtual focus groups and completing the survey, participants will receive a $25 VISA gift card. If you have already participated in a focus group discussion associated with this project, please disregard this open-call.
The virtual focus group is an opportunity to describe the biggest agronomic, economic, and social challenges you are facing. In particular, we would like to understand what kinds of research, information, and technical assistance programs are needed to support your organic production practices.
Your views will be used to help build a comprehensive roadmap for future research investments to advance organic agriculture across the U.S. Results will be published in updates of OFRF’s National Organic Research Agenda (NORA) report and OSA’s State of Organic Seed (SOS) report.
Participation is voluntary and any information you might share during the virtual focus group will be kept confidential.
If you are interested in participating in the virtual focus group please submit your response by December 10, 2020. Participants will be randomly selected. If chosen, participants will be asked to participate in a two-hour Zoom call and respond to a brief online survey.