Demand for organic livestock and poultry feed continues to climb in the U.S., leading to higher production and higher import volumes of organic grains, according to Mercaris, a market data and trading platform focused on organic and non-GMO feed and food commodities.
The new report, which was generated to provide greater transparency on the U.S. organic and non-GMO market, concludes that livestock is becoming the driving force behind organic grain demand, and that over the 2018/19 marketing year, demand for organic livestock feed grains will increase by 6 percent, while demand for high-protein feed ingredients will climb by 7 percent.
U.S. production of organic corn is expected to grow by 2 percent this crop marketing year, bringing output to 42.3 million bushels. Meanwhile, import of both whole and cracked organic corn are expected to rise by 10 percent year-on-year.
U.S. production of organic soybeans grew by 13 percent in 2018/19, however, supplies are expected to shrink by 4 percent due to a decline in organic soybean imports.
And despite the production acreage only growing by 1 percent, U.S. production of organic wheat for the 2018/19 marketing year showed growth of 8 percent year-on-year, and use of organic wheat in livestock feed is expected to climb by 7 percent over the previous year.
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