Ardent Mills to help farmers double U.S. organic wheat acres by 2019
By Laura Aiken
Denver, Colorado – Ardent Mills, a flour-milling and ingredient company, is rolling out a new organic initiative committed to helping U.S. wheat growers double organic wheat acres by 2019.
“Ardent Mills’ vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing our customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions, and our new organic initiative demonstrates one of the many ways we’re bringing that vision to life,” says company chief executive officer Dan Dye, in a media release. “Today, there is growing demand from restaurants and food companies for organic wheat flour for use in fresh, packaged and menu recipes. This is a significant opportunity for growers to become a part of an emerging market and to create additional value for their crops on the path to organic certification. We have been providing organic flour since 1996 and feel we are well positioned to meet this bold challenge.”
As farmers join the Ardent Mills’ organic initiative, they will have access to direct support services, workshops and long-term contracts for transitional and organic wheat bushels.
“Oregon Tilth is eager to share best practices and share knowledge among farmers working through the challenges of transition to organic agriculture. We believe that collaborative education – peer-to-peer learning, model sharing and capacity building – serves to support successful entry into organic farming, offering buyers and farmers a solid path to connect market opportunities with on-the-ground efforts to implement sustainable conservation practices on the farm,” said Sarah Brown, Oregon Tilth education director, in the news release.
Farmers interested in working with Ardent Mills on its Organic Initiative 2019 should contact Shrene White by email at Organic.Initiative2019@ardentmills.com, phone toll free 844-421-2068, or visit ardentmills.com/tcap.