U.S. Demand for Organic Livestock Feed Continues to Climb
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.