Rising Demand for Organic and Non-GMO Grains Outpaces U.S. Production

Organic imports rise sharply as U.S. corn and soybean growers contemplate premiums, risk-reward scenarios

DENVER (February 13, 2017) — Increasing consumer demand for organic and non-GMO foods led to a sharp rise in organic grain imports in 2016—prompting food manufacturers to explore new incentives for U.S. growers transitioning to organic production, according to a new report from CoBank. While U.S. production of non-GMO crops has risen, domestic production of organic corn and soybeans remains well short of demand.

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