In 1988, a group of Wisconsin farmers who shared a desire to save family farms and a belief in sustainable agriculture founded CROPP Cooperative. Its brands, Organic Valley, Organic Prairie and Mighty, soon followed. Today, CROPP is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers, and Organic Valley is one of the nation's leading organic brands.
CROPP Cooperative is an independent and farmer-owned cooperative, which means the farmers have a voice in the cooperative because they own it. The farmers—through the board of directors, elected by the farmers from the farmer membership—uphold sustainable farming practices such as pasturing animals and treating them humanely, ensuring CROPP farmers meet and often exceed USDA organic requirements.
The new member requirements are available here. If you are looking to farm with us or have any questions, contact us on our Farmer Hotline at 888-809-9297, Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CROPP Cooperative requires each member to meet the equity requirement equal to 5.5 percent of the farmer's base annual income. (Payment options are available.) Click here to learn more about our equity program.
CROPP represents more than 2,000 organic farms in 34 states, Canada and Australia. Here's a handy way to find farms close to you
An organic certifier is an agency accredited and authorized to certify operations to the USDA organic standards. Although CROPP requires all of our farms to have a current organic certificate, we are not a certifying body. There are currently 80 certifying agents that are USDA-accredited and authorized to certify operations to the USDA organic standards. Of these, 48 are based in the U.S. and 32 are in foreign countries. Most certifying agents are directly accredited by the USDA National Organic Program (NOP). Twenty-one additional certifying agents are authorized through recognition agreements between the U.S. and foreign governments. Each of these certifying agents is authorized to issue an organic certificate to operations that comply with the USDA organic regulations. Here is a link to the USDA website listing certifying agencies.
The USDA Organic Regulations outline which inputs and treatments may be used by farms that produce certified organic products. All materials must be reviewed and approved by your organic certifier prior to use and then added to your Organic System Plan, because of this please contact your organic certifier to confirm the application of these materials prior to first use. Additional resources include the USDA's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, the OMRI List and the Washington State Department of Agriculture Organic Materials List.
Transitioning land takes 36 months from the date of the last application of a prohibited substance. Livestock may be transitioned in 12 months. Please bear in mind that establishing a relationship with a certifier is critical.
I haven't applied any prohibited substances during the last few years on a specific field (or area of land), when will that land be eligible for organic conversion?
What documentation do I need to sufficiently verify the last date of prohibited substance application? (Or, what documentation do I need to prove that my land/livestock have been organically managed during the required transition periods).
205.103(b)(1)(2) The actual amount of documentation each individual producer needs to meet these requirements is not exact and depends on the complexity of the operation. The following list contains some of the common forms of documentation that organic crop and livestock producers must keep to ensure a complete audit trail and record system:
Could you briefly outline the process for adding land to an existing Organic System Plan?
Land that has been under someone else’s management for the past 36 months will need the previous manager of the land to document the following in addition to meeting the requirements for certified organic land (205.202 and 205.203):
If the land is already certified organic – a copy of the current organic certificate is required.
What kind of feed (specifically grains) can I feed to my livestock during their transition?
In 1988, a group of Wisconsin farmers who shared a desire to save family farms and a belief in sustainable agriculture founded CROPP Cooperative and its brands, Organic Valley and Organic Prairie. Today, CROPP is America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and Organic Valley is one of the nation's leading organic brands.
CROPP Cooperative is an independent and farmer-owned cooperative, which means the farmers have a voice in the cooperative because they own it. The farmers—through the board of directors, elected by the farmers from the farmer membership—uphold sustainable farming practices such as pasturing animals and treating them humanely, ensuring CROPP farmers meet and often exceed USDA Organic requirements.
If you are looking to farm with us or have any questions, please feel free to contact us on our Farmer Hotline at 888-809-9297, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Central time or by e-mail at email@example.com. Also, you may click here to download more information on our New Member Requirements.
Being a member of CROPP Cooperative does require that a member meets the equity requirement equal to 5.5% of a farmers base annual income (Payment options are available.). Please click here to learn more about our equity program.
CROPP represents over 2,000 organic farmers in 34 states, Canada and Australia. Here's a handy way to find Organic Valley farms near you: Who's Your Farmer
Answers to these questions and more can be found on our Farmer Food Order page, right here.
What is a Farmer Food Order?
As an active or confirmed member of the cooperative, you may order Organic Valley and Organic Prairie products at a special discount. Orders can be shipped to you via UPS or picked up at the La Farge and Cashton Retail Stores.
How can I place a Food Order?
To place a food order, please contact the Farmer Hotline at 888-809-9297 - 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday-Friday or Mail:
Attention: Membership Services
One Organic Way
La Farge, WI 54639
What is a shipping subsidy and how much do I receive?
Shipping subsidy is an allotted contribution to each active and confirmed farm family (per membership agreement) to assist with UPS shipping cost and packaging materials when ordering dairy or meat products from CROPP Cooperative. How much you receive is dependent on your location.
Why do some OV producers receive more or less subsidy than I do?
Subsidy amounts are dependent on your location. Anyone who lives up to three days ground shipping from Wisconsin will receive $175.00. Anyone who lives more than three days ground shipping from Wisconsin will receive $375.00 due to refrigerated product not being able to be in transit any longer than three days. Those orders must ship via air which have much higher costs than ground shipping. Please see Subsidy Q & A for more information.
When will I receive my food?
If order is placed by noon on Wednesday you should expect your order to arrive the following week on Thursday. If order is placed after noon on Wednesday it will be approximately two weeks before you will receive you order.
How do I pay for food that I order?
Dairy and Egg Pool members have their food orders deducted from their checks automatically unless requested otherwise. Members from all other pools will be invoiced and sent a bill via U.S. Mail. Please mail payment when you receive your invoice. Checks should be sent to the address on the invoice. Please note, meat and dairy order payments are sent to separate addresses. You can also pay by credit card. Call the Farmer Hotline, (888) 809-9297, after you receive your invoice. Farmer Hotline staff will take your credit card payments.
Also, check out our Farmer Donation page, right here.
I hear that I’m able to request a donation up to $150 because I’m a farmer-owner. Is that true? What are the parameters?
Yes, OV-OP producers are eligible to use their $150.00 allotment for product and branded items for events within the communities that are open to the public. This allotment is available on a calendar year basis and includes the shipping of the items. Such events include; educational classroom/college presentations to ag students, member/partner pasture walks, field days, 4-H/FFA ag ed associations, breed associations, lectures given/hosted by member, dairy recognition banquets, organic/sustainable ag education, classroom education on agriculture, church dinners, charity fundraisers, Lions/Rotary Club events, historical society events. To learn more, click here.
If I already used my $150 donation, is there another type of donation I may request?