To meet growing customer and consumer demand,Ardent Mills, a major flour-milling and ingredient company, is hosting a series of grower meetings in the West. These sessions are being held for farmers to learn more about Ardent Mills' Organic Initiative 2019, announced in mid-December.

Ardent Mills VP of Risk Management Mike Miller said, "We're very eager to work with farmers as they transition to this growing market and to provide our customers with an assured supply in support of their new product and menu introductions. We are certain that current demand will continue to increase well into the future. We've heard from farmers we work with, and we understand the barriers faced when shifting a portion or all of their crops to organic. Ardent Mills is addressing these challenges with our Organic Initiative 2019."

"Due to a groundswell of interest, we've asked Oregon Tilth to share additional information about organic wheat certification. As farmers join this effort, they will have direct support services, workshops and long-term contracts for transitional and organic wheat bushels," notes Shrene White, director of specialty grains with Risk Management, Ardent Mills.

Two meetings remain to be conducted this month with attendance on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • In Fort Morgan, Colorado on Friday, January 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Country Steakout, 19592 E. 8th Avenue (with lunch provided). Attendance is still open for this event.
  • In Pocatello, Idaho on Wednesday, January 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road (with lunch provided). Attendance is still open for this event.

The information website is ardentmills.com/tcap.