Organic Farming Survey

A new research study, "Biodiversity and Organic Farming in the United States," led by Carolyn Dimitri, based at New York University, needs the input of certified organic growers nationwide. The study will gather information about opportunities to measure or increase biodiversity in organic farming. Certified organic farmers willing to participate in the study can fill out the online survey, which should take about 15-20 minutes to complete.

You can take the survey at: https://nyu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b7T4VJMyUZU3p5z

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