We launched our pool of certified organic pork producers in summer 1998 and currently process hogs every other week.
Under the Organic Prairie brand we market a line of pork sausages, bacon, ham, limited fresh cuts and deli products.
Certified organic hogs receive 100-percent organic feed, and have access to the outdoors and fresh air.
To ship your hogs through Organic Prairie:
You must be a certified organic producer. We must have a copy of your approved organic certificate and membership agreement on file.
You must be prepared to invest equity in CROPP equivalent to 5.5 percent of your total gross annual sales through the co-op.
You must ship animals appropriate to the program.
You must be prepared to deliver hogs to a collection point or have appropriate loading facilities for on-farm pickup.
You must supply a bill of lading for each load.
You must be prepared to attend Pork Pool meetings.
Membership and Equity
You must have an approved individual production plan on file in the office. Farm must have a current PQA (Pork Quality Assurance) certification and a current site assessment. Farm must be able to certify through the GAP (Global Animal Partnership) program. You become a CROPP/Organic Prairie member when you ship your first organic hogs. Voting rights are tied to the fulfillment of CROPP’s equity requirements. Your one-time required equity investment is 5.5 percent of your annual gross sales through the co-op. This one-time investment in CROPP stock pays 8-percent dividends. When you meet this requirement, your equity is converted into stock. All voting within the co-op is democratic: one person, one vote. Your equity is returned to you within 60 days of leaving the co-op.
To learn more, contact the Farmer Hotline at (888) 809-9297.