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Grains Council

Acting on a recommendation from its Community Relations Committee, OTA’s Board of Directors approved the establishment of the OTA Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council in 2015. Organic grain shortages, both for food and animal feed, have forced companies to import large amounts of organic grain and to limit new product development due to concerns about insufficient ingredient supplies. A handful of organic companies have been working together in a pre-competitive effort to increase the domestic supply of organic grain, which is now housed within the OTA Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council. The Council serves as a forum for the industry to address issues pertaining to organic grain, oilseeds, and pulses, and allow the many OTA members who depend on these ingredients to contribute to solving problems within the sector. Any OTA member, falling within the defined scope of the Council, may join the initiative. If you are interested in joining OTA's Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council, please contact Johanna Mirenda.


U.S. Organic Grains Report

The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration, in partnership with the Organic Trade Association released a critical and timely report looking at the state of organic grain in the United States. The report, titled “U.S. Organic Grain – How to Keep It Growing,” drills down into the key barriers in expanding domestic organic grain production, and identifies specific industry solutions to overcome the hurdles. Learn more about the report findings and download the full text reports below.

REPORT: U.S. Organic Grain – How to Keep It Growing Price management and investment mechanisms: Case studies for the US organic grains sector


Crop Budgeting Tool

The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration, a special project of the Organic Trade Association’s Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council, has developed crop budgeting templates to help farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana plan future organic crop production and understand the economic impacts of their agronomic practices. Learn more about the project and download the worksheets below.

Montana Budgeting Tool North + South Dakota Budgeting Tool


Annual Reports


2019 Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council Report to OTA Board 2018 Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council Report to OTA Board 2017 Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council Report to OTA Board 2016 Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council Report to OTA Board


2019 meetings

  • Thursday, January 10 @ 1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT (teleconference)
  • Member Day @ Organic Week - Monday, May 20
  • Thursday, August 8 @ 1:30pm ET / 10:30pm PT (teleconference)
  • Thursday, November 7 @ 1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT (teleconference)

Contact
Johanna Mirenda
Farm Policy Director
(202) 812-7704
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