More U.S. Grain Farmers Attracted to Organic Production
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) - a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and resources to farmers looking to transition to organic production, states that it is seeing increasing numbers of U.S. grain farmers looking to shift into organic farming.
John Mesko, executive director of MOSES, said that market demand has grown to the point that supply chain companies can now afford to establish dedicated parallel infrastructure to serve the organic market, and that the industry is now seeing more grain elevators and processing facilities available to organic growers.
Likewise, larger businesses with greater access to capital are now beginning to make long-term investments in the sector based on these demand dynamics.
Sales of organic agricultural products in the U.S. continued to grow in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which stated in its 2016 Certified Organic Survey that the sector saw sales of $7.6 billion last year for organic commodities - a 23 percent increase over the year prior, which saw sales of $6.2 billion.