Climatic Change

, Volume 109, Issue 3–4, pp 791–799 | Cite as

Beyond the “fit”: introducing climate forecasts among organic farmers in Georgia (United States)

  • Carrie FurmanEmail author
  • Carla Roncoli
  • Todd Crane
  • Gerrit Hoogenboom


Organic farmers are a prime clientele for climate services by virtue of their social profile and vulnerability of produce to climate extremes. The study draws on an online survey and in-depth interviews with organic farmers in Georgia (United States). It shows that organic farmers access and act on climate information in ways that reflect their emphasis on diversified and flexible systems. They favor a pluralistic knowledge base that integrates scientific expertise with place-based experience and intuitive understandings. Their management style combines information at multiple temporal scales and draws on a range of technical and social resources. Translating climate forecasts into usable science for organic farming requires attention to the identities, commitments, and relationships that define the organic farming community.


Organic agriculture Climate variability Agricultural risk management Seasonal climate forecasts Southeastern United States 



This work was supported by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Climate Program Office (NOAA-CPO) and the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Services (USDA-CSREES). We are also grateful to the farmers and Georgia Organics.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carrie Furman
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Carla Roncoli
    • 3
  • Todd Crane
    • 4
  • Gerrit Hoogenboom
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Biological and Agricultural EngineeringUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Department of AnthropologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Technology and Agrarian DevelopmentWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.AgWeatherNet;Washington State UniversityProsserUSA

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