Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, today announced it will raise its supply quota in a move to get farmer-owners from 93% to 100% of their active base on August 1, 2010. A year ago, the farmer owners of Organic Valley pioneered a supply management system to safeguard the farmers’ pay price during a period of slowed growth coupled with near historic lows in farmer pay prices for conventional milk. In 2008, the cooperative experienced 22% growth, while in 2009, sales remained flat. Currently, Organic Valley is projecting sales growth at $610 million for 2010, a 16% increase.
The raw milk issue at CROPP is one of the most deeply debated topics tackled by the cooperative in its 22 year history. The debate has been active on the membership, board, committee and management team levels for well over a year now, with the hope for a win-win solution. During this year volumes of information – research studies, illness cases, legal precedents, nutritional information and so on were brought forth. Each side was convinced that the information they brought to the table would sway the other side. It is correct to say that we are deeply familiar with both sides of the issue… and we are still divided. So why did the Board finally vote to not allow its members to be in the raw milk business? The synopsis below may help explain...
Perhaps one of Wisconsin’s best-kept secrets – the Kickapoo Country Fair – is unrivaled as the largest celebration of organic food and lifestyles in the Midwest. This year’s two-day event, taking place on Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, in LaFarge, Wis.
Organic Valley and Maine Organic Milling today announced they have opened their doors in the former Blue Seal facility in Auburn and begun offering organic feed to all Maine farmers. Maine Organic Milling is the first exclusively organic feed mill in the state.
As communities across the nation prepare to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2010, the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley is partnering with four local Chicago chefs to embrace the spring tradition, offering a week’s worth of Earth Dinners.
Acclaimed Chicago chefs will offer special Earth Dinner meals to raise funds for Chefs Collaborative, the leading nonprofit network of chefs and farmers that fosters a sustainable food system through advocacy, education and collaboration. The Midwest dairy farmers of Organic Valley will match every dollar donated by each restaurant partner.
As communities across the nation prepare to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2010, the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley is partnering with three local Cincinnati chefs to embrace the Earth Dinner tradition.
Acclaimed Cincinnati chefs will offer special Earth Dinner meals to raise funds for Chefs Collaborative, the leading nonprofit network of chefs and farmers that fosters a sustainable food system through advocacy, education and collaboration. Organic Valley will match every dollar donated by restaurant partners.
Commitment to renewable energy will help the economy grow, decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and create a healthier environment for future generations. Acknowledging the widespread benefit of renewable energy development to farmers and rural America, Organic Valley today pledges its support of the renewable energy provisions within the Clean Energy Jobs Act, currently being considered by the Wisconsin legislature.
As communities across the nation prepare to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2010, the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley is partnering with four local Portland chefs to embrace the spring tradition, offering two weeks worth of Earth Dinners.
Organic Valley Family of Farms, America's largest cooperative of family farms and one of the nation's leading organic brands, recently recognized 396 of its farmer-owners, nearly 24 percent of its total members, with quality awards.
Organized in 1988, Organic Valley represents 1,652 farmers in 33 states and four Canadian provinces with the mission of saving family farms through organic farming. Approximately 300 of its farmer-owners descended upon La Crosse, Wis., last week to attend their annual meeting to discuss the cooperative's current direction, issues and goals for the year ahead.