Iowa State found that projected costs of production for similar operations were comparable in 1998. Selling price for organic crops represented 1998 prices (free on board [F.O.B.] or pick-up on the farm). Prices also reflect the obtainable price for certified organic crops or crops grown on land without synthetic chemicals for three years prior to harvest. Transition soybeans were sold for $10 per bushel in 1998, but because of the availability of organic soybeans in 1999, there were limited markets for transitional soybeans. Selling price for organic soybeans in 1999 averaged $14 per bushel. Averaging across all crops in a typical rotation for certified organic systems, Iowa State University research demonstrated a return of $300/acre. Soybeans currently are the most lucrative crop in the system, but new markets for non-GMO crops and alternative crops, such as organic dry beans, hay/silage/grain for organic dairies and equestrian centers, and medicinal/ culinary herbs, continue to grow.
Buyers of Organic Grains, Produce, and Livestock
Heartland Organic Marketing Cooperative Stuart, IA 515-523-1888
Soybeans currently are the most lucrative crop in the system, but new markets for non-GMO crops and alternative crops, such as organic dry beans, hay/silage/grain for organic dairies and equestrian centers, and medicinal/culinary herbs, continue to grow.
Profiseed International, Inc. Hampton, IA 641-456-5955
Clarkson Grain Beardstown, IL 217-323-2350, 800-252-1638
Dunn International Waterloo, IA 319-233-5504
Pattison Brothers Fayette, IA 800-632-5952
Stonebridge Limited Cedar Falls, IA 319-27
Sunrich Hope, MN 800-342-6976
Microsoy Corporation Jefferson, IA 515-386-2100
Natural Products Grinnell, IA 641-236-0852
(Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool)
Pacific Soybean and Grain San Francisco, CA 415-433-0867
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