Cooperative Elevator Co. has been in business for over 100 years.  Our longevity is due to dedicated growers, strong leadership and the diversity of our business.  Consumer demand for organic food ingredients and animal feed products continues to grow.  Our end use customers were looking for us to expand and complement our current product offerings.  We acquired Organic Bean and Grain in July 2016, and look forward to partnering with organic growers to further develop and grow the business.

What is Organic?

Organic is a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods.  Organic growers and processors must follow strict guidelines and protect their products from contact with a prohibited substances.  There are also federal production and processing standards in place to provide verification and traceability from the farm.  Organic production provides an opportunity for growers to diversify their rotation and provide food products and feed stuff for a growing market.

How to become Organic?

A grower looking to become Certified Organic must have their soil free from any prohibited substances for at least three years.  How the crop is grown, harvested, stored and processed is documented, and records are inspected by a USDA accredited certifying agent.  Once this has completed and verified, the product becomes Certified Organic.