Dear Grower/Producer,

There is a high demand for locally produced organic grains in Pennsylvania. Farmers receive a premium for their organic eggs, dairy, and meat products, however, they struggle to purchase organic feed.

Many conventional grain farmers are interested in stepping in to meet the demand for organic grains.  Pennsylvania Certified Organic, Penn State University and the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture are supporting the transition to organic production of 250 grain and dairy producers managing 20,000 acres of grain crops through a SARE grant. Additionally, the NESARE State Program is establishing a support network that will provide outreach and information about organic grain marketing and production to 150 agricultural service providers and 100 farmers in PA.

Keystone Development Center is exploring  the formation an organic grain cooperative as well as examining the economic feasibility of such a cooperative. A cooperative could provide organic dairy, egg and poultry farmers a reliable source to purchase their feed; organic dairy,egg and poultry growers could meet consumer demand for products; and grain farmers would have an assured market for their production of organic grain.

Please provide your feedback by completing this survey. It should take less than 10 minutes. Your answers are confidential and your responses will be shared only in aggregate with others. Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.

For questions about this survey, contact Keystone Development Center at admin@kdc.coop  or 717-792-2163 or visit our website at www.kdc.coop

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* 1. Do you have a farm that grows organic grains or raises organic animals in Pennsylvania?