New fact sheets introduce farmers to organic processing

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: