As Organic Valley Family of Farms celebrates is 20th year, the cooperative of organic farmers recently recognized 340 of its farmer-owners with Organic Valley Dairy Quality awards.
In an unprecedented effort to provide market stability to both crop growers and livestock producers, Organic Valley Family of Farms is opening its membership to organic crop growers with the introduction of its Grower Pool.
Growers joining the pool will benefit from a guaranteed floor price for their crops on a long-term contract basis and will be able to enroll all or portions of their crop acreage in the pool. Organic Valley will offer contracts for feed-grade grains, beans, oilseeds and hay beginning with the 2008-2010 cycle.
Shredded cheese may be tasty. Sliced cheese is delightful. String cheese is joyful. But cheese by the pound is pure pleasure. Organic Valley is introducing its highly popular and award-winning certified organic pasteurized Mild Cheddar in 2 lb. packages.
Twenty years ago, a group of Wisconsin farmers formed Organic Valley Family of Farms with a shared vision the cooperative still maintains: Work in partnership to produce healthy, nutritious organic food; keep family farmers farming; help revitalize rural communities while serving as stewards of the earth; and always offer a stable, sustainable pay price to its member farmers.
Today, Organic Valley is the nation's largest organic farmer-owned cooperative, with more than 1,200 farmers in 34 states and one Canadian province. And, as the organization prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary this year with a variety of events and activities, Organic Valley is reporting its 2007 revenues reached $432.5 million, a 29 percent increase over 2006 and an almost 250 percent increase over the past five years.
Organic Valley Family of Farms co-op member and San Joaquin Valley, California dairy farmer Tony Azevedo has been awarded the prestigious Sustie Award by the Ecological Farming Association. Recognized for leadership in sustainable agriculture, Azevedo was presented with hand-carved gourd trophy at the organization's annual Eco-Farm Conference in Pacific Grove, California, where he was also a Successful Farmer keynote speaker.
Through its Farmers Advocating for Organics (FAFO) fund, Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation’s oldest and largest cooperative of organic farmers, today announced a $50,000 contribution to the University of Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers (WSBDF). The co-op’s contribution is one of the school’s most significant to date and will provide training and mentoring for students looking to a future in pasture-based organic dairy or livestock farming.
Organic Valley today announced it has become an affiliate member of the Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU). As part of its affiliation, Organic Valley will work in partnership with WFU in advocacy, education and community outreach, and inspiring and encouraging the next generation of organic farmers.
Organic Valley, the nation’s oldest and largest cooperative of organic family farmers, strongly opposes today’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ruling that food from cloned animals and their offspring is safe.
From May through September, the sun shines its warmest, pasture plants grow the strongest, and cows graze the longest. It’s also the time pasturing cows produce the most delicious and nutrient-dense milk for the finest butter. With the introduction of rich-tasting, cultured Pasture Butter, Organic Valley is celebrating the healthful benefits of organic cows enjoying those lush, green summertime pastures.
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, in recent months has strengthened its “CROPP Cooperative Feed Program” to ensure a long-term, stable source of organic feed for its 1,183 farmer members.