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Reader Contribution by Staff

Attention aspiring organic farmers: We know it’s hard to get started in the business these days. According to USA Today, farmland prices are at a record high — USDA statistics show that farm real estate values more than doubled from 1996 to 2006 (increasing more than 40 percent from 2004 to 2006 alone).

Still, this is as good a time as any to take that first big step and start your own organic farming business. Demand for organic products is still soaring, and a good number of businesses, government programs and independent organizations are offering to help.

Click here for a long list of current funding opportunities from the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (ATTRA). And if you’re an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing studies in sustainable agriculture, natural and organic food company Annie’s Homegrown is offering $50,000 in scholarships. Visit their Web site for rules and application info.

The resources are out there — go get ’em!