Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Supply costs squeeze organic farmers

Here is a story from the Des Moines Register that I found of interest this morning.

Supply costs squeeze organic farmers
Facing sky-high crop prices, some in the organic food industry are borrowing an idea from their conventional counterparts.

CROPP Cooperative, best known for Organic Valley milk, seeks organic grain growers willing to sign three-year contracts to supply feed to the La Farge, Wis.-based co-op's livestock farms.

Such vertical integration is common in the conventional meat industry and parts of the organic business, but it runs counter to the independent spirit of many organic farmers.

Read the entire story here.

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