Organic Valley Announces "Transition to Organic Fund"

La Farge, WI
January 05, 2005
Contact P.R. Molly Gaines
work 612.372.6454 La Farge, WI

Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest independent farmer-owned organic dairy cooperative, today announced the Transition to Organic Fund, a financial assistance program for dairy farmers who are making the transition to organic.

Organic Valley's Transition to Organic Fund will offset the costs of transitioning for dairy farmers who become members of the Organic Valley cooperative.

The farmers of Organic Valley are committed to helping dairy farmers make the transition to organic. We know how tough the transition process can be, and we hope our 'Transition to Organic Fund' can help farmers meet the challenge, said Tim Griffin, Organic Valley National Milk Procurement Manager.

For further information about the Organic Valley's Transition to Organic Fund, farmers are encouraged to call the Producer Hotline at Organic Valley, tel. (888) 809-9297.

Farmers in the greater Northeast (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania) are welcome to contact Peter Miller, Organic Valley's East Region Pool Coordinator, (888) 444-6455 extension 407, or (612) 801-3506 (cell), or email him at peter.miller@organicvalley.coop.

Organic Valley: Independent and Farmer-Owned

Organized in 1988, Organic Valley represents 689 farmers in 20 states. It owes its success to staying independent and true to its mission: keeping small and mid-sized farmers farming. It's the only national organic brand that is 100-percent farmer-owned, and proudly the only independent national organic dairy cooperative in the United States. In the last year alone, the cooperative achieved record success both in sales (up from $156 million in 2003 to $206 million) and in farmer recruitment (133 new farmers). Its increased number of acres and cows brought into the organic system was equally strong (up to more than 113,000 acres and 26,000 cows).The Organic Valley brand is the top-selling organic milk in both mainstream supermarkets and natural foods outlets along the entire Eastern seaboard. As stewards of the earth who use nature as their teacher, Organic Valley farmers produce more than 130 delicious organic products. Look for their organic milk, soy, cheese, butter, spreads, creams, eggs, produce, juice and meats in food cooperatives, natural foods stores and supermarkets throughout the country. For further information, contact Organic Valley at 1-888-444-MILK or visit www.organicvalley.coop.

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