Organic Agriculture

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

Organic Valley/CROPP

(Coulee Region Organic Produce Pool)

LaFarge, WI

608-625-2602

Pacific Soybean and Grain San Francisco, CA 415-433-0867

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