ST. PAUL, Minnesota,
March 18, 2005: Growing consumer demand for
organic products spells opportunity for processors as
well as farmers. To help Minnesota's meat, poultry,
food, and livestock feed businesses learn more about
organic processing, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture
(MDA) has produced three new fact sheets: Organic
Meat and Poultry Processing Basics, Organic
Livestock Feed Processing Basics, and Organic
Food Processing Basics.
MDA Organic and Diversification Specialist Meg Moynihan
edited the organic fact sheets. "Some processors
may find that organic certification can help them secure
new markets and offer additional value to the products
they make," said Moynihan.
The four-page color booklets provide information about
organics, benefits and challenges to processors, the
organic certification process, and labeling requirements.
Each also offers a brief profile of businesses that
do some or all of their manufacturing under certified
organic conditions. The fact sheets were underwritten
by funds from the USDA Risk Management Agency Community
Outreach and Assistance Partnership Program.
For a free copy of the fact sheets, contact the MDA
Resource Management and Development Division at 651-296-7673.
Electronic copies are also available on the MDA organic
web site: www.mda.state.mn.us/esap/organic