Organic Grain Collaboration

The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration was a pre-competitive industry effort stewarded by The Organic Trade Association and Sustainable Food Lab. This collaboration was led by organic food companies with representatives from across food supply chains that identified the need for collaborative action to address key challenges in expanding the supply of organic grain in the U.S.

The project’s goals were to:

  • Increase the number of acres and the domestic supply of organic grain in the U.S.
  • Improve the productivity, profitability and market access of the organic grain farmer in the U.S.
  • Improve the resiliency of organic grain production

The collaboration addressed the points in the system that improve the productivity and profitability of the organic grain farmer and reduce the barriers to entry for new and transitional farmers.

We worked directly with farmers and other stakeholders across the food supply chain in Aroostook County, Maine, and in the Northern Great Plains.

“This project is about supply chain engagement, relationship building, developing and creating a model we can replicate. This work is about financial and social stability but it is also about feeding the world. We will take the principles of learning and apply them someplace else.” 

 – Craig Watson, SYSCO Corporation

Read our recent reports:

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

U.S. Organic Grain – How to Keep It Growing

Price Management and Investment Mechanisms: Case Studies for the US Grains Sector

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