Horizon Organic grows base of family farms

by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
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BROOMFIELD, COLO. — Through the second quarter of 2007, Horizon Organic has added 79 new certified dairy farms during the year, which is three times the amount compared with the same period of last year.

In addition, almost 100 more family farmers are in the process of transitioning to certified organic with the help of the Horizon Organic Producer Education program. The company’s farmer-partner network now includes more than 400 family farms in 22 states.

"This has been an exciting year for the organic dairy community," said Jule Taylor, Horizon Organic’s vice-president of dairy operations. "As consumer demand for organic dairy products continues to grow at a rapid pace, helping farmers covert to organic farming is one or our top priorities."

The company’s organic education program gives dairy farmers education and technical assistance in addition to financial help while the farmers transition to organic.

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