Northern Ag Network
Northern Ag Network
Northern Broadcasting System    Northern News Network    Northern Sports Network
Search This Site...
Search This Site...
General Mills Helps Transition 34,000 Acres into Organic Farmland

General Mills Helps Transition 34,000 Acres into Organic Farmland

3/11/2018 6:20:00 PM/Categories: Popular Posts, General News, Today's Top 5, Livestock, Grains

General Mills has announced a strategic sourcing agreement with Gunsmoke Farms LLC to convert 34,000 acres of conventional farmland to certified organic acreage by 2020. The farm, located west of Pierre, S.D., will grow certified organic wheat and other organic rotational crops. General Mills will use wheat grown on the farm to make Annie's pasta products, including its signature Mac and Cheese.

"Investing in such a big acreage transition is a first of its kind for General Mills and is another step in growing our organic supply chain," said John Church, chief supply chain officer at General Mills. "We continue to seek ways to partner with land owners to make organic ingredients more accessible for existing and innovative new foods that our consumers have grown to expect."

In 2016, General Mills announced a similar transition agreement with Organic Valley, the largest organic cooperative in the U.S., to help dairy farms convert to organic dairy production.

As part of this agreement, General Mills has partnered with Midwestern Bio Ag (MBA) to provide on-the-ground mentorship for the farm operators to advance leading regenerative soil management practices such as no till, crop rotation and cover cropping. Healthy soil is showing potential to sequester carbon and regenerate the land.

In addition to healthy soil, pollinators are critical to sustain the ecosystems on which our food and lives depend. But their habitats are under threat. Agricultural landscaping can increase biodiversity and help a variety of pollinators, including bumble bees, squash bees, honey bees and butterflies. Upwards of 3,000 acres of pollinator habitat will be planted throughout Gunsmoke Farms in cooperation with the Xerces Society. Such habitat can also improve water quality, reduce soil erosion and protect game and songbirds.

General Mills has made sizeable investments to meet growing consumer interest in natural and organic foods. Today, General Mills is the third largest U.S. producer of natural and organic foods with brands including Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, Liberte and Annie's. The company expects its natural and organic portfolio in North America to reach $1.5 billion in net sales by 2020.

Source: USAgNet


Leave a comment

Add comment


Recent Ag News

Senate Ag Committee Recognizes MT FFA President

3/19/2018 10:51:00 AM
March is Women's History Month, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is celebrating women in agriculture. Today the committee recognized Sheridan Johnson, a 4th generation wheat farmer from Conrad, Montana - and Montana FFA Association president. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

USCA Petition for Rulemaking on "Fake Meat" Under Consideration

3/16/2018 1:36:00 PM
(WASHINGTON) – The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted for public comment the United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) petition for rulemaking on the definitions of “beef” and “meat”. The deadline for letters of support is April 10th. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Montana Ranchers to Support USCA Truthful Beef Labeling

3/16/2018 1:29:00 PM
The United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) efforts on truthful beef labeling will be supported this month with multiple fundraising events being organized by producers across the state on Montana. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Steel Tariffs Impact on Agriculture Still Up in the Air

3/16/2018 11:26:00 AM
There is a lot of uncertainty across the board when it comes to the impacts of President Trump’s proposed aluminum and steel tariffs. Farmers and ranchers are asking the question, “will this impact me? >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Farmers Call on President Trump to Protect Trade in New National Television Ad

3/15/2018 9:40:00 AM

The message to President Trump from Montana family farmer Michelle Erickson-Jones will run on cable news channels and online across the country.

>> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Find Articles by Date

«March 2018»