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Organic Farm Helps Meet Consumer Needs

Macomb, IL – The possibility of pesticide-free food is appealing to a growing number of comsumers. WIU Profefssor of Agriculture Jerry Vigue says soybeans grown using organic methods bring a much higher price per bushel than conventionally-grown soybeans. He says the University's Allison organic farm allows researchers to learn from mistakes, and pass on knowledge to individual farmers who want to try organic farming. Vigue says it's important for farmers to know their market and have a transition plan for the three years it takes to switch from conventional to organic farming.