Monday, March 15, 2010

Bloom is off organic grains: Prices are down, but growers optimistic

"It's a great time to be a consumer of organic foods, but not the best time to be producing it, according to Roy Benjamin, who grows organic grains and legumes east of Shelby.

"The availability of retail organics is broader than ever," he said. "We've got more shelf space in a greater variety of groceries and more diversity in products."

But the price of organic wheat, which reached an abnormally high level of $20 or more a bushel from mid-2007 to mid-2008, was down to $6 to $8 a bushel by early this year, Benjamin said."

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