In 2010 BOPS surveyed farmers across the southeast to collect data on their experience using organic seed. We contributed our survey results to the national survey conducted by Organic Seed Aliance.
In the spring of 2009 NCSU embarked on a project to develop field crop varieties specifically
selected for organic production in the Southeast: BOPS.
Testing Field Crop Varieties:
NCSU's breeders will test varieties of Soybeans, Corn, Wheat and Peanuts for traits advantageous to organic systems in the southeast. Their research goals, and the varieties they test, will be determined by the needs of southeastern organic grain farmers.
Connecting Organic Farmers and Breeders:
The BOPS coalition is a networking project bring farmers and breeders together to inform the work of the BOPS breeders, and bringing farmers together to better understand the challenges they face in using organic seed in the southeast.