Healthy farm financials mean solid ground to grow on.
An open letter to the next generation of farmers. With love from Mother Nature, via Organic Valley.
Farming is one of the most noble pursuits we can imagine. Noble, incredibly difficult, and often with little reward.
No surprise then, that in the last fifty years, over 600,000 family farms have gone out of business; a large percentage of this land has fallen into the hands of giant corporations bent on profit margins and immediate shareholder value. Corners get cut; short term goals are prioritized over long term sustainability.
Co-ops are a bright spot—especially our co-op, providing farmers with the means and resources to keep their independence. Keep their respect, keep their dignity. And keep the next generation on the land.
At Organic Valley, we believe farm financial health has a direct impact on farm wellbeing. Since 2008, we’ve helped secure more than $2 million in government and private grant funds for our member farms. These funds go directly into the hands of our farmers who, in turn, make investments in the sustainability of their farm operations. From wind turbines to solar panels on barn roofs to more efficient milking equipment, improvements like these enhance the short-term and long-term viability of our farms increasing the likelihood of success for the next generation.
We also actively work to connect members with farm business resources to make sure our member farms are in business for generations to come. These family farmers, their land and cows, are where the wisdom and passion of generations of organic farming live.
Grants awarded to our farmers
Since 2008, member farms have applied more than $2 million in grants to major sustainable and efficiency initiatives: from renewables (solar, wind), to facilities (barn, milking parlors), to pastures, and more.
Renewable upgrades keep farm energy costs in check
Free, fact-based evaluations of our farms' operations identify potential for renewables and energy efficiency improvements. Results: real-world cost-savings and a smaller farm footprint for the next generation.
Empowering farming's next generation, today
The average U.S. farmer is 58 years old. In 10 years, who will take their place? Our Gen-O program actively recruits and assists the next generation of farmers, so the progress we've made carries on.
Fair and stable pay prices keep family farms in business
With volatile pay prices being the norm in farming, most conventional farmers rely on government subsidies to stay in business. Instead, we set steady, predictable pay prices so our farmers can plan ahead.