Grower Pool

CROPP Cooperative has established a stable price option for organic feed crop growers who want to secure a fair price for their production. This model – customized by crop and region – identifies a fair-price trading range with a floor to protect growers when markets drop, and a ceiling to protect livestock farmers when markets spike. 

Join our cooperative and grow organic grains, beans, oilseeds and hay knowing that you will have a secure long-term market.

How It Works

Growers submit an application listing how much of each crop they would like to market through the program.

CROPP accepts enrollments according to its projected supply needs and a contract is signed.

After harvest, growers can apply to extend their contract for another year.

Key Elements

  • Mutual commitments made via rolling contracts
  • Payment directly from CROPP Cooperative
  • Routine tests for quality
  • Company investment options
  • Stability in an unstable market

Eligible Crops         

  • Barley
  • Barley/Peas (grain mixture)
  • Corn
  • Field Peas
  • Flax
  • Hay (large square bales)
  • Lentils
  • Millet
  • Milo
  • Oats
  • Oats/Peas (grain mixture)
  • Soybeans
  • Spelt
  • Straw
  • Triticale
  • Wheat

A Cooperative for Farmers

CROPP Cooperative enters into one-year rolling contracts with organic feed crop growers in the United States and in Canada through our sister organization, Farmer Direct Cooperative. U.S. growers become members of CROPP’s Grower Pool upon first delivery. Canadian growers join Farmer Direct Cooperative. Members of the Grower Pool elect an Executive Committee that governs the affairs of the Pool and makes recommendations to the CROPP Cooperative Board of Directors on pay price and policies.

What are rolling contracts?

  • Initial contracts specify crops and estimated production in truckloads or railcars
  • After each growing season, growers have the option to apply for an additional year
  • Preference for extension is given to existing Grower Pool members

Benefits

  • Stable pricing
  • Guaranteed market and payment
  • Agronomic and technical support
  • An Equity stake in CROPP Cooperative
  • Organic Valley products at member discount prices
  • Full membership in CROPP Cooperative including voting rights

Contact Us

Call our Farmer Hotline: 1-888-809-9297 or 1-608-625-2602, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central or email farmerhotline(at)organicvalley.com.