Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farms and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, recognized 512 of its farmer-owners with Outstanding Quality Awards at the cooperative’s annual meeting held last week in La Crosse, Wis.
This year, Chefs Collaborative and 65 restaurants are partnering with Organic Valley to bring Earth Dinners, a series to raise awareness about local, sustainable and organic food, to the dining public.
Chefs across the country are taking the best Spring has to offer in an effort to raise funds for Chefs Collaborative, the leading nonprofit network of chefs and farmers that fosters a sustainable food system using the power of education, collaboration and responsible buying decisions. The Midwest dairy farmers of Organic Valley will match every dollar donated by each restaurant partner, up to $10,000.
Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, today announced it has distributed a bonus 13th check—traditionally, a cash distribution paid out when annual profits exceed sales goals—to its farmer-owners.
“We were very pleased we are able to distribute a 13th check to the members of our cooperative this year, allocating funds right back to the farming families who work the land,” said George Siemon, C-E-I-E-I-O and founding farmer of Organic Valley. “It’s taken a few years of conservative supply management, but we’ve moved past recent economic and supply challenges and got to where we need to be, thanks to everyone’s cooperation, in the true sense of the word.”
Organic Valley, the nation’s oldest organic farmer-owned cooperative founded in 1988, today announced the launch of New York Fresh™milk, a locally-produced milk for its consumers in the New York metropolitan region. The milk is produced on the cooperative’s family farms in the Empire State and bottled, distributed and sold in the region, ensuring fewer miles from farm to table.
The New York Fresh milk is available in skim, low fat, reduced fat and whole varieties in quart, half gallon, gallon, and new, convenient 96 oz. sizes. True to the iconic Organic Valley wood-cut design, the New York Fresh cartons will feature farmer-owners who produce the milk on their pastures and an introduction to their farm stories. The packaging will also display the “Pride of New York” logo. As with all Organic Valley products, the farmers who produce New York Fresh milk never use toxic pesticides or non-organic fertilizers. New York Fresh milk is produced without antibiotics, synthetic hormones or GMOs.
The Teagues of North Carolina, the Mahaffys of Oregon and the Beidlers of Vermont are the top three winners of the Stonyfield Organic Farmers Grant-a-Wish Program, which will fund a total of six innovative organic farming projects in the U.S. Consumers voted online for the winners after watching short videos about each one. All recipients are farmer-owners of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, t he organic farmers’ cooperative which has supplied Stonyfield with organic milk for more than 15 years.
Last week, the USDA released yet another GMO crop for planting this spring—thermostable alpha-amylase corn, called “Enogen,” developed by Syngenta, a biotech conglomerate based in Switzerland. This variety of corn will produce an enzyme that softens the kernel in order to aid the extraction of ethanol. It is intended to be used solely for ethanol production and planted only near ethanol plants; however, research has shown over and over again that industrial-use corn can and does transfer to corn meant for food production.
Organic Valley, the nation’s oldest organic farmer-owned cooperative founded in 1988, today announced it will welcome up to 53 organic farmers from Lancaster County Organic Farmers Cooperative (LOFCO) to join its cooperative and produce milk for the Northeast region.
LOFCO recently approached Organic Valley when they found their own cooperative in search of a more stable market and at risk of losing members. Organic Valley entered into conversations with LOFCO, and the two cooperatives quickly came to a working relationship. Organic Valley will offer full membership to LOFCO organic dairy members, pending a period of due diligence—standard procedure for Organic Valley—during which they will conduct individual farm visits to review the farm conditions and milk quality of each farm, as well as inspect their pasture plan according to Organic Valley’s pasture policy.
Today the USDA announced its decision to allow the planting of Roundup Ready® sugar beets, another GMO crop the organic community has been fighting in court for years. This is a clear indication that the USDA is more interested in protecting the biotech industry than the health, safety, environment and property rights of U.S. farmers and consumers who choose not to grow or consume GMOs. In the wake of this and last week's Roundup Ready® alfalfa decision, we must persist in challenging each release of GMO products, (22 more of which are currently in the pipeline)....
We stand united in opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to once again allow unlimited, nationwide commercial planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa, despite the many risks to organic and conventional farmers.
Yesterday, the USDA announced its decision to allow the commercial sale of Roundup Ready® Alfalfa throughout the United States. I personally have been involved in the fight against GMOs for many years and was very disappointed that the biotech industry once again strong-armed their products through the approval process. In 1988, when Organic Valley started, more than 2,000 farmers a week were losing their farms. Today, we are saddened that the industrialization of agriculture is still going on; however, it is important to remember that Organic continues to offer a lifeline to farmers who are choosing to work with Mother Nature rather than trying to change it. We will keep engaging and challenging the USDA in a true and meaningful conversation about coexistence and protection of non-GMO farming. We are counting on our consumers to vote with their dollars and show the USDA that the future of agriculture in America is more than GMO food. Consumers deserve to have a say in the food they consume. Now more than ever, Organic is the best choice.