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Organic Corn

Overview

Certified U.S. organic grains were produced on 907,916 acres in 2008 (the most recent data available).  U.S. organic corn acreage increased from 32,650 acres in 1995 to 194,637 in 2008. The majority of this production was used in organic feed rations and the remainder was used in food products.  More than 90% of organic corn production is used domestically.  Future growth in organic corn production will depend on increased demands from both organic livestock producers and final consumers. April 2012 ... Organic Corn

Note: For state-specific information on organic corn production and market opportunities in your state, please refer to the National Organic Program Web site at: www.ams.usda.gov/nop This site can connect you with local certifying agency and state-specific data.

Marketing

  • Accredited Certifying Agents, National Organic Program, Ag Marketing Service (AMS), USDA - Current listing of certification agencies.
  • Alternative Farming Systems Information Center, USDA - Identifies resources about sustainable food systems and practices, including current updates on regulatory and marketing issues.
  • Corn and Feed Grains, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA.
  • Evaluate Your Organic Grain Marketing Opportunities, Rodale Institute.
  • Feed Outlook, ERS, USDA - Examines supply, use, prices, and trade for feed grains, including supply and demand prospects in major importing and exporting countries. Focuses on corn but also contains information on sorghum, barley, oats and hay.
  • Market Trends, Organic Trade Association.
  • Marketing Organic Grain, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA), National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), 2005 - Organic grains can be successfully marketed at premium prices. To achieve the best prices, growers need to understand and build relationships with buyers, find markets for most of the crops in the rotation, meet quality standards, be able to store the crop if necessary and be able to contract most of their crop to reliable buyers.
  • National Organic Grain and Feedstuffs, AMS, USDA - Includes a biweekly summary for organic grains and feedstuffs and a weekly feed and seed summary.
  • Organic Agriculture, Iowa State University - Information from production to marketing, including resources for certification compliance.
  • Organic Grain Buyers, Iowa State University - This list provides the contact information for Midwestern organic grain buyers.
  • Organic Grain Buyers, North Carolina State University - This list provides the contact information for organic grain buyers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and several other states.
  • Organic Price Report, Rodale Institute - This online tool tracks selected prices from the fruit, vegetable, herbs and grain sectors, comparing organic prices to conventional prices in markets across the country.

Processing/Manufacturing

  • National Organic Program, AMS, USDA - Governing body for organic standards, labeling and regulations. Includes a list of state by state certifying agencies and regulatory changes.
  • Organic Trade Association - Covers current industry news, events and links related to organic food processing, production and marketing.

Production

Businesses/Case Studies


Links checked November 2013.

Related Links

Organic Field Crops Harvested from Certified and Exempt Organic Farms: 2008, 2008 Organic Production Survey, National Ag Statistics Service, USDA, 2010.

Organic Industry Trends

 

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