Barriers and Opportunities: The Challenge of Organic Grain Production in the Northeast, Midwest and Northern Great Plains

US Organic Grain Report

Organic grain supply is an identified bottleneck for value-added processes. Growth in grain production lags other organic commodities and remains a negligible amount of total U.S. cropland.  An informal group of companies commissioned Sustainable Food Lab to give them thorough background on barriers and challenges to organic grain production before acting to address the situation.  A literature review and key informant interviews were performed to inform the conversation.  Barriers were divided between attracting new growers and optimizing organic production.  Successful projects addressing these barriers were also identified and investigated. This report contains those findings and key areas of opportunity to act on social, economic, educational, and research related interventions.

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