IN THIS EDITION:  New Features: We’ve been busy! Check out a list of new reports and features available to our data subscribers; Auctions Picking Up; Meet our New Member Relations Associate; Details on the 2015 USDA Agricultural Census for Organic Producers. View this email in your browser

New Features to Your Mercaris Plan

We are pleased to announce these exciting new changes that are now part of your Mercaris plan! Depending on your plan, you now have access to:

  • An Interactive Grain Facilities Map - view an interactive map of North American organic and non-GMO grain handling facilities

  • Compare Your Prices Report - compare your prices to the Mercaris market average (for Survey Participants only)

  • Weekly Price Report - view weekly price breakdown for organic feed grade grains

  • Mercaris’ Annual Commodity Reports - download reports with our own acreage, supply and demand estimates (PDF)

  • Data Downloads - download monthly and weekly average prices (CSV/Excel report)

  • “Navigating U.S. Organic and Non-GMO Markets” - Mercaris’ in-depth annual report on the state of the marketplace

  • Enhanced Imports Report

  • Enhanced Ceres Report - the same report you know and love, now with the ability to view organic food vs. organic feed vs. CME prices.

  • Monthly Market Analysis - from Mercaris’ in-house economist through email and available to download

  • Improved Mercaris Auction Platform Results - showing specifications, settlement price, and range of bids and offers.

You will also continue to have access to the Breakdown Report. If there are any features you see here that you would like to have access to but are not part of your current plan, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!

 

Meet Julia Hofmeister, Member Relations Associate at Mercaris
 

Julia joined Mercaris just before the holidays as our new Member Relations Associate. She brings to Mercaris a background in sustainable agriculture, both working for and starting up a few ag-related companies. She will be working with Mercaris data subscribers to answer their questions, provide information, and assist them in finding new ways of understanding organic and non-GMO grain markets.

You can read more about Julia on the Mercaris website, or, read on for her take on the opportunities and challenges ahead for 2016.


Can you share more about what you will be doing at Mercaris?  What do you hope to accomplish?

My goal at Mercaris is to help our customers get the most value out of the solutions we provide. I'm here to help and gather feedback, so we can continue to design better and more useful tools as a team. Personally, I love working with growers as I come from an agricultural background, but enjoy working with all the different stakeholders throughout the supply chain. I hope that we can continue to support the growth of better agriculture and as a result, a healthier way of life for people and planet.


What do you foresee as the big opportunities, challenges, or trends for organic or non-GMO related businesses?

I think there are huge opportunities for existing organic farmers to expand their acreage (for transitioning farmers too!). The huge influx of organic imports that we experienced in the U.S. last year is a strong indicator of demand and growth in the sector. Also, new programs to support new or transitioning farmers continue to be encouraging for the sector, although transitioning continues to be a challenge for many farmers.

What is something people might find interesting about you? Any hidden talents?

Once upon a time, my family decided to try our hand in rotational grazing by adding chickens and chicken tractors to the farm. We didn't really know what we were doing, and the broilers got way too big for the equipment at the processing facility. So we had to process all of them by hand on the farm, ourselves. It was quite the learning experience, and brought a whole new meaning to "know your food" for our family.

And, a second example: As an undergraduate studying organic agriculture, I was a part of a few research projects that made me aware of a unique opportunity in my community to help alleviate food insecurity and help farmers who were looking to diversify into food crops from tobacco (traditionally the staple of Kentucky family farms). So I started a community supported agriculture program that was priced on a sliding scale, so everyone who wanted to participate could have access to local, healthy food at an affordable price. So I guess my hidden talent would be: getting people to eat their vegetables!

 
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Auction Announcements


FEBRUARY, UPCOMING AUCTIONS

15,000 bu No 2 Organic Hard Red Winter Wheat
Delivered, NE Wyoming
For full list of specs, contact Lizzie Ekeberg.


AUCTION RESULTS FEBRUARY 2016: 

Organic Feed Wheat Auction, 30,000 bu, FOB Wyoming.  

For more information, please email Lizzie Ekeberg or call her at 312-423-1875, x104.


AUCTION RESULTS
JANUARY 2016: 


Auctions for 10,000 bu of Organic Feed grade wheat and 10,000 bu of Non-GMO feed grade corn were held.

To read about auction results, including prices, login to your existing Mercaris account, or create a free account.

USDA 2015 Certified Organic Survey Underway!

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2015 Certified Organic Survey. U.S. organic producers will receive a survey asking them to provide information on acreage, production, and sales data for a variety of certified organic crop and livestock commodities, plus certified organic marketing and agricultural practices. Click here  to learn more, or contact Gina Geffrard at USDA.

Upcoming Events

Come and see us at the following events!


February 25-27, 2016
MOSES
LaCrosse, WI

March 10-13, 2016
Natural Products Expo West
Anaheim, CA

March 10, 2016
Michigan Organic Food & Farm Alliance Field Day
East Lansing, MI

March 13-15, 2016
National Grain & Feed Association
San Diego, CA
 

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