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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 Grains Council's 2021 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

Albert Lea Seed House, Inc.Mercaris Corporation
Ardent Mills LLCOrganic Valley
Bay State Milling CompanyPerdue Agribusiness, Inc.
CargillPete and Gerry's Organic Eggs
Clarkson Grain Company, Inc.Pilgrim's Pride
Clif Bar & CompanyPipeline Foods
Farmer FocusPURIS
General MillsSimple Mills, Inc.
Grain Millers, Inc.Stonyfield Organic
Healthy Food Ingredients, LLCSureSource Commodities
Kashi CompanySunrise Foods International Inc.
King Arthur Flour Co., Inc.Sustainable Food Lab
Mad AgricultureVilicus Farms
Council Officers

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

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT (teleconference)
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT (teleconference)
Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT (teleconference)
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT (teleconference)


Johanna Mirenda
Farm Policy Director
(202) 812-7704