Oregon Farmers' Perspectives on Motivations and Obstacles to Transition to Certified Organic

  • Deanna Lloyd Oregon State University
  • Garry Stephenson Oregon State University
Keywords: Organic Farming, Organic Certification, Organic Transition, Oregon


This exploratory study investigates perceptions of the transition to certified organic production among farmers in the U.S. state of Oregon who were actively transitioning all or part of their operation to certified organic production. It examines the influence of farmer experience with organic farming systems on motivations and obstacles to transition to certified organic farming. The analysis creates and compares three categories of farmers based on their total years of farming experience and years of farming using organic methods—Experienced Organic Farmers, Beginning Organic Farmers, and Experienced Farmers Beginning Organic—and provides insights into the economic and ideological motivations for transitioning to certified organic, as well as the economic, production, and marketing obstacles inherent to certified organic transition.


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Author Biographies

Deanna Lloyd, Oregon State University

Instructor, Department of Crop and Soil Science

Garry Stephenson, Oregon State University

Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, and Director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems

How to Cite
Lloyd, D., & Stephenson, G. (2020). Oregon Farmers’ Perspectives on Motivations and Obstacles to Transition to Certified Organic. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 1–15. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.017