Organic Valley: Our Co-op

 

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Who owns Organic Valley?

Family farmers! Organic Valley Family of Farms™ is the largest organic farmer-owned cooperative in North America. Being a cooperative means that the farm families that produce Organic Valley's organic dairy products, juice, eggs, meat, soy, and produce are the direct owners of the business. 

From the time we began with seven Wisconsin family farms, to the present with over 1834 members in regions across the country, our farmers have been directly involved in every decision we make. Over the years, we've learned a lot about how to organize, govern, and make decisions for ourselves.

The most successful organic farmer-owned cooperative in the world
Each year we elect a hard-working board of directors, as well as have representatives meet monthly in each region. We publish a quarterly newsletter to keep all our members informed. Each farm family that seeks membership makes a serious investment in having a voice in their own future.

Why is being a cooperative important?

The support and resources of being part of a big extended family comes in mighty handy in the agricultural world, where large corporations have taken over 600,000 family farms since 1960. As the sole owners, we make all the important decisions for our company. That gives us independence and stability for our families and our way of life. We decide what new products to introduce, how to allocate our profits, and most importantly, what our stable milk pay price will be.

Conventional milk prices vary from month to month
Can you imagine trying to run your household if your income fluctuated wildly from check to check? Sounds pretty impossible, doesn't it? And yet, that is exactly what non-organic dairy farmers are asked to do. Milk prices can and do vary considerably from month to month, making farm income somewhat unpredictable.

More of your dollar returns to our family farms
When you buy products from the Organic Valley Family of Farms, more of your dollar goes directly back to the farming families. We are involved in every step of the process of bringing our products to market. We approve the plants, the quality and flavor of our products, the packaging, the freighting—every aspect from the moment our products leave the farm until they appear on your grocer's shelves.

Why does a cooperative of small family farms make a difference to you?

Your purchase of Organic Valley Family of Farms products helps support sustainable family farms, which might not otherwise be able to continue farming. Also, you can be assured that not only are you purchasing the finest organic products available, but of our commitment to humane animal treatment, and the stewardship of our environment. We strive to safeguard our critically important natural resources—soil, air, and water—and to protect and preserve biodiversity.

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