Demand for organic grains on upswing

<p>Tom Manley, Preecha Popan and former South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds at Homestead Organics. Popan was part of a group of nine delegates from Thailand who came to Canada to learn how we handle organic farming.</p><p>LOIS ANN BAKER/CORNWALL STANDARD-FREEHOLDER

Tom Manley, Preecha Popan and former South Dundas Mayor Steven Byvelds at Homestead Organics. Popan was part of a group of nine delegates from Thailand who came to Canada to learn how we handle organic farming.

LOIS ANN BAKER/CORNWALL STANDARD-FREEHOLDER

Consumers’ love of organic goods is causing organic grain prices to soar.

Homestead Organics president Tom Manley said the price for organic grains has hit an all-time high.

“Prices are at the highest level I’ve seen in 17 years,” said Manley, good news for organic grain farmers.

Manley explained the soar in the demand for organic grains is what is driving the prices on an upward trend while the demand for conventional grains has dropped off a little.

Manley said the grains are used in organic baking and cereals and the average organic farmer can see an increase in their profits due to this upward trend.

Manley estimates for every 100 acres of organic corn, farmers profits could increase by $700 to $1,360 per acre versus conventional grains.

It isn’t just corn prices skyrocketing.

Read more here: http://www.standard-freeholder.com/2014/12/30/demand-for-organic-grains-on-upswing