organic research Checkoff Debate Stirs Clash within Organic Food Industry By Luke Runyon • Mar 19, 2015 Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media A battle is brewing in the organic food industry. The largest trade association for organic farmers, marketers, and processors wants growers to help pay for promotional campaigns. "Crop Doctor" to Visit WIU Organic Field Day By Scott Stuntz • Aug 6, 2013 foodfarmsjobs.org Organic and conventional farming each have advantages. Organic fields don't use synthetic pesticides while conventionally grown crops produce higher yields. Bill Becker disagrees with that second assertion.