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Grains Council

The Organic Trade Association (OTA)’s Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council is made up of member companies with a role in the organic grain, pulse, and/or oilseed space that cover the entire supply chain from growers to processors to manufacturers. Council members are committed to ensuring the resilience and profitability of organic grain, pulse, and oilseed production in the United States. The Council was first established in 2015 in response to concerns about organic grain shortages, both for food and animal feed, which had forced companies to import large amounts of organic grain and limited new product development. Within the Council, members work together to identify and overcome barriers to the growth of domestic organic grain acreage by understanding key challenges and providing recommendations for pre-competitive supply chain solutions.

If you are interested in joining OTA's Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council, please contact Johanna Mirenda.

Check out the Grain, Pulse and Oilseed Council's Annual Report        


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


Current Members

AgriSecure Mercaris Corporation
Albert Lea Seed House, Inc. Organic Valley
Ardent Mills LLC Perdue Agribusiness, Inc.
Bay State Milling Company Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs
Cargill Pilgrim's Pride
Clarkson Grain Company, Inc. Pipeline Foods
Clif Bar & Company PURIS
General Mills Simple Mills, Inc.
Grain Millers, Inc. Stonyfield Organic
Healthy Food Ingredients, LLC Sunrise Foods International Inc.
Kashi Company Sustainable Food Lab
King Arthur Flour Co., Inc. Vilicus Farms


Council Officers

Chair - Edward Fish, Bay State Milling Company
Vice Chair - Matt Leavitt, Albert Lea Seed
Secretary - Tobi Strahan, Sunrise Foods International


2021 Meetings

  • Tuesday, January 26 at 3:30pm ET / 12:30am PT (teleconference)
  • Wednesday, May 5 at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT (teleconference)
  • Wednesday, August 4 at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT (teleconference)
  • Wednesday, November 10 at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT (teleconference)

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