Supporting Organic Transition
Midwestern BioAg and PURIS partner to provide crop contracts to Midwest growers transitioning to organic
Midwestern BioAg (MBA), a leader in high-production organic agriculture, and PURIS, a US vertically integrated, non-GMO and organic food processing company, announced a new partnership to support MBA’s focus on helping growers transition to organic by providing financial, farm management and agronomic assistance.
Through this new partnership, PURIS is offering contracts to Midwestern BioAg growers for non-GMO soybean and non-GMO yellow field peas, supplying the seed and bridging the gap from farm to market. With those seeds, PURIS creates nutritional and great tasting ingredients for food producers that are traceable to the farmers that are growing their food. The partnership is leading the USA agriculture and food industry in a direction of regeneration and traceability, restoring trust and positivity to our food system.
“Achieving sustainability at the farm involves providing solutions to the farm and the food companies to aid in supply chain development,” says Ben Adolph, director of farmland sustainability for Midwestern BioAg. “The program allows PURIS and Midwestern BioAg to bring an efficient approach to growing plant-based protein production in the Midwest.”
PURIS invests in the success of growers from the ground up by supplying seed from a portfolio of non-GMO soybeans and non-GMO yellow field peas. These products provide farmers with more opportunity to incorporate practices that improve soil health.
Jordan Atchison is president of PURIS Grains, the seed and merchandising arm for PURIS.
“PURIS offers contracts and a market for grower’s production on transitional acres during the organic certification period, helping make the three-year transitional period profitable,” says Atchison. “If we want farmers to embrace regenerative practices and a path to certified organic, we must give them tools. PURIS is committed to our growers both on the seed technology side and securing their markets.”
This partnership is focused on taking action, giving any grower the opportunity to go organic by offering contracts through the transition making growing and marketing organic products possible.
“The partnership with Midwestern BioAg is added energy in our quest to grow more certified organic food here in the USA,” Atchison adds. “With less than 1% of the USA farm land being certified organic, we must find ways to transition more farmers to organic and enhance what is possible with American farming and the good food movement. Building agricultural partnerships that incentivize USA farmers to grow sustainable organic crops is what PURIS is all about.”
Midwestern BioAg and PURIS have partnered together to sustain the success of transitioning farms, laying the groundwork for a scalable organic food system model for the growing planet.
“Our goal is to continue being a leader in the organic space,” says Adolph. “This means not only building strong partnerships with companies that compliment Midwestern BioAg, but creating solutions for our growers that want to take part in a rapidly growing sector of agriculture.”
About Midwestern BioAg
Midwestern BioAg helps both organic and conventional farms improve crop yields, sustainably and profitably through a comprehensive, soil-centric, whole-farm management system. The company’s field-proven, proprietary products feed the soil and the crop a balanced mineral diet, stimulate soil life and enhance nutrient-use efficiency. This focus on soil health leads to increased yields, healthier food and better profit margins on the farm. Their organic-transition model provides the foundation for high-performance organic farms and enhanced return on investment. Using our soil sampling services, we build field-specific programs to maximize efficiency of all crop inputs.
Founded in 1983 and based in Madison, Wisconsin, Midwestern BioAg has facilities across the Midwest and sell products in 41 states and 3 Canadian provinces.
To read more about Midwestern BioAG, visit www.midwesternbioag.com.
PURIS is a family-owned company founded in 1985 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and now headquartered in Minneapolis. Built with intention over 30 years, its plant-based food system benefits every link in the chain of production: flavorful and nutritious choices for people, profitable opportunities for growers, flexible ingredients for food makers, and practices that nourish soil, the environment, and life on earth. PURIS features certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified products including, PURIS Pea Proteins, PURIS Pea Starch, PURIS Whole Pulse Powders, as well as an array of non-GMO and organic seeds, grains and feed.
To read more about PURIS, visit www.PURISfoods.com.