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Organic Outlook: Organic Corn and Soy Import Trends Shift Drastically
April 28, 2021 – Silver Spring, MD – Mercaris, the nation’s leading market data service and online trading platform for organic and non-GMO certified agricultural commodities, released its latest Mercaris Commodity Outlook on April 27, 2021. According to the report, organic imports shifted drasticall
Mercaris Completes IOSCO Compliance for Organic Benchmarking
SILVER SPRING, Md., April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mercaris announced today the successful completion of its assurance review with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). The review covers Mercaris’ Biweekly Benchmark price assessments for Organic Feed Corn, Organic Feed
Mercaris Inks Global Redistribution Agreements for Organic Cash Prices
SILVER SPRING, Md., March 03, 2021 -- Filling a need for enhanced insights and analysis, Mercaris announced today a series of agreements with key commodity market data providers to distribute its leading organic and non-GMO agriculture commodity data. The expanded availability of Mercaris’ North Amer
Mercaris Delivers Record Organic Trading Growth in 2020
SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trade of organic commodities did not stop despite the challenges from the global pandemic for the food and agriculture industry in 2020. In fact, Mercaris reports a 48 percent increase in volumes transacted via their online platform in comparison
Mercaris Expands Reporting Capabilities with New Organic Dairy Market Analysis
**November 23, 2020 (Silver Spring, MD)** – Dairy industry stakeholders can now rely on a regularly updated report to understand market influences, thanks to Mercaris. The report, released today, covers market and input insights and comes as organic dairy markets stand positioned for profitability
Organic Outlook: U.S. Organic Industry Growth Looks Strong for the Year Ahead
September 28, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – More land and operations have converted to USDA certified organic production over 2020, expanding the footprint of organics within U.S. agriculture according to the newly released Mercaris Commodity Outlook for 2020/21. Mercaris, the nation’s leading mar
Organic Certification Linked to Increased Land Value
August 12, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Certified organic cropland can command higher rents, a phenomenon that can be overlooked when considering the value of owning, managing or transitioning to organic farmland, according to research by Mercaris and several partners. Today, Mercaris issued the fir
USDA proposal tightens requirements on organic imports
July 14, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – New regulations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture would strengthen oversight and tracking of organic imports and represent a landmark regulation for the growing industry, according to Mercaris in its July Monthly Market Update. On July 8, USDA released an
Mercaris highlights commitment to the growth of the sector through Board service, integrity in organic markets with new certification
June 23, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Reinforcing its commitment to transparency and integrity in the organic industry, Mercaris, the leader in organic and non-GMO market analysis and trading, has earned an Organic Handler’s Certificate from Quality Assurance International. In addition, Mercaris fou
Spring market data provides a glimpse of the year to come
June 16, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Spring 2020 market data indicates a strong planting season along with the emergence of sharply different import trends, according to the Mercaris Monthly Market Update. ![](//
Organic Outlook: Corn, wheat face supply glut; soy market expected to remain strong
April 28, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Larger-than-expected beginning stocks and more harvested acres have placed organic corn and wheat on a bearish trend over the 2019/20 market year, according to the new Mercaris Organic Commodity Outlook. Meanwhile, strong demand and lower imports have provided sup
Near-term bump for organics could mask long-term threats from COVID-19
April 15, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Escalated grocery store sales have created a short-term opportunity to boost organic markets. Although, with threats to consumer incomes, livestock processing and tumultuous imports, the year ahead is a gallery of serious organic market risks. Mercaris, the nat
Slower growth in organic poultry could affect grains market
March 11, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Organic poultry production is expected to grow through 2020, but Q1 numbers indicate that growth will be slow. If the trend continues, organic grain markets could suffer the consequences. The Mercaris Monthly Update for March shows Sept.-Jan. broiler slaughter
Mercaris continues organic cream auctions in 2020
March 3, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Mercaris continues its initiatives to match buyers and sellers of organic cream, with its first auction of 2020 held Feb. 26. Wednesday’s event featured strong participation, with the number of participants tripling from its Q4 2019 auction. It also marked the f
More farmers convert to organic in 2019, beating previous forecast
![](//{: style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"} Feb. 24, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – U.S. farmers harvested nearly 3.3 million acres of certified organic field crops in 2019, driven by 14% more or
New partner boosts efforts to track organic land value
Jan. 28, 2020 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – An acre of organic cropland differs from a conventional farm acre, and that difference extends beyond production practices. What that means for land value is a question Mercaris and a new partner are digging into at a deeper level. The answer could make organics
Higher organic imports, faltering feed demand compound challenges faced by U.S. farmers
Dec. 10, 2019 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – U.S. imports of organic commodities are up 5 percent over last year’s pace. Coupled with flat demand in feed markets, prices appear to be responding, down 4 percent year-over-year, according to the December market update from Mercaris, the nation’s only organic and
Organic cream buyers, sellers can finally benchmark prices for U.S. sales
Dec. 4, 2019 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – Buyers and sellers of organic cream found price transparency for the first time, thanks to quarterly auctions from the nation’s only organic and non-GMO data and trading company, Mercaris. Mercaris held four auctions in 2019 through its online platform, overseein
U.S. organic corn harvest bogged down by winter weather
Nov. 13, 2019 (SILVER SPRING, MD) – About half of U.S. organic corn acres are still in the field across the Midwest, and snow could push the end of harvest further into December for some states, according to the November 2019 Monthly Market Update from Mercaris. As of Nov. 9, the pace of U.S. corn
Mercaris Organic Commodities Outlook: Organic corn and soybean producers face sharp production declines
Silver Spring, MD, Oct. 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Spring weather has taken a toll on U.S. organic commodity producers, evidenced by a significant drop in overall corn and soybean production for 2019, according to a new report from Mercaris, the nation’s leading data and trading platform for organi
New hire, new funding drives growth for Mercaris
Silver Spring, MD, Oct 9, 2019 — With $3 million in new funding and an executive hire with domain expertise in developing, and expanding SaaS market data platforms, Maryland-based Mercaris is enhancing its capabilities to provide companies with robust data and analytics around the organic and non-GMO
Third Mercaris Organic Cream Auction helps Establish Price Transparency for Organic Cream Industry
(SILVER SPRING, MD) September 23rd, 2019 - Mercaris, a market data and trading startup that is helping to grow the organic and non-GMO agriculture industry in the U.S., held its third quarterly online auction for certified organic cream on Wednesday September 4th, 2019. The auction closed at $4.45/lb
Despite rise in overall organic acres, Corn Belt farmers face declining corn, soybean production this year
Sept. 18, 2019 (SILVER SPRING, Md.) - Organic farmers in the U.S. Corn Belt are feeling the effects of a tough 2019, with a decline in corn and soy production expected from this year’s harvest, according to the September Monthly Market Update from Mercaris. As noted in last week’s Annual Acreage R
Organic farmers to harvest record acres in 2019
Silver Spring, MD, Sept. 9, 2019 — Organic commodity farmers will harvest a record number of acres across the U.S. this year despite the weather and trade challenges plaguing agriculture in 2019. According to the Annual Acreage Report, released today by Mercaris, farmers will harvest 3.1 million
Mercaris Monthly Market Update Reports Organic Commodity Imports As the MostInfluential U.S. Organic Supply Factor
Mercaris, the market data and auctions startup that is helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., released its Monthly Market Update on August 14 exploring the current state of organic and non-GMO commodity production, supply, and demand. “Although continued growth in U.S. organi
Mercaris Report Details How Cold and Wet Spring Affected Certified Organic Crop Operations; Prepares Industry for 2019 Harvest Risks
SILVER SPRING, Md., July 9, 2019 — [Mercaris](, the market data and online trading platform supporting the growth of organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., today released a Spring Planting Special Report. The report focuses specifically on organic agriculture and detail
Mercaris June Monthly Market Update Reports Organic Corn and Soybean Imports Continue to Dominate Market News, Organic Broiler Slaughter Makes a Rebound in May
SILVER SPRING, Md., June 11, 2019 — [Mercaris](, the market data and auctions startup supporting the growth of organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., today released its monthly market update for June. Organic whole and cracked corn imports reached a combined 32 thousand
Mercaris Auctions to Establish Price Transparency for Organic Cream Industry
Silver Springs, Md. (June 4, 2019) – [Mercaris](, a market data and trading startup that is helping to grow the organic and non-GMO agriculture industry in the U.S., held its second quarterly online auction for certified organic cream on Thursday, May 30, 2019. “We are extrem
Mercaris Monthly Update reports U.S. organic winter wheat yields poised to increase, but regional data indicates challenges for many states
SILVER SPRING, MD, May 14, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a market data and auctions startup supporting the growth of organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., today released its monthly market update for May, reporting the potential for a highly-mixed, but generally positive, year for
Mercaris expands organic industry coverage to include more granular regional grain pricing
SILVER SPRING, MD, April 29, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a market data and online trading startup that is encouraging the growth of organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., today announced an upgrade to its flagship price reporting tool, The Mercaris Organic & Non-GMO Commodity Pric
Mercaris Monthly Organic Supply Market Update Analyzes Impact of Moisture Conditions on Spring-Time Planting for Organic Farmers
SILVER SPRING, MD, April 12, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a market data and auctions startup that is helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., today released its monthly market update analyzing the potential impact of high moisture conditions on spring-time planting for
Organic Livestock Feed Demand Continues to Drive U.S. Need for Top Three Organic Commodities – Corn, Soybeans and Wheat
Silver Spring, MD, April 8, 2019—[Mercaris](, a market data service and online trading platform for organic, non-GMO, and certified agricultural commodities, today debuted its new Organic Commodities Outlook. In this forward-looking report, Mercaris captures the unique market dy
A deeper look at the organic certification-farmland value connection
US farmland is a major asset class and its value is important for various players along the agriculture supply chain. Both public and private institutions have conducted extensive research into the financial value of farmland in general; however, very little work has been focused on the value of USDA
Mercaris to Present on Five-Part Panel at the 2019 Natural Products Expo West
SILVER SPRING, MD, March 4, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a market data and auctions startup that is helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., is pleased to announce that its director of sales, Alex Heilman, will speak on the five session panel — “Building Bridges Betwee
Mercaris Holds First Quarterly Organic Cream Auction
[Mercaris](, a market data and auctions startup that is helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., held its first quarterly online auction for organic cream on Friday, February 22, 2019. This auction was a critical first step to establishing price transparency f
Mercaris Evaluates the Current State of Organic Feed Demand Nearing Halfway Point of the Marketing Year
SILVER SPRING, MD, February 13, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a market data and auctions startup that is helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., today released its monthly market update as the halfway point of the 2018/2019 corn and soybean marketing year (MY) approac
Mercaris Presents Marketing Insight for Organic Producers at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference
SILVER SPRING, MD, February 12, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a market data and auctions startup helping to grow organic and non-GMO agriculture in the U.S., will attend and speak at the [MOSES Organic Farming Conference]( in La Crosse, Wisconsin, from
Mercaris to Introduce Mercoterra at the 2019 Land Investment Expo
SILVER SPRING, MD, January 24, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a data service company bringing market intelligence to sustainable agriculture, will announce its new initiative — Mercoterra — at the 12th annual [Land Investment Expo]( in Des Mo
Mercaris Reports Organic Commodity Data Amidst Government Shutdown
SILVER SPRING, MD, January 9, 2019 — [Mercaris](, a data service company bringing market intelligence to sustainable agriculture, dedicated its first 2019 market update to the organic commodity import data that would otherwise be available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
2018 Year-In-Review
SILVER SPRING, MD, Dec. 18, 2018 — Mercaris, the data services company bringing market intelligence to sustainable agriculture, is pleased to report its 2018-year-end results, detailing the company’s substantial milestones in the organic and non-GMO commodity market. “From its increase in capital
Two Key Improvements Needed to Reduce Reliance on Organic Grain Imports
Imports play a critical role in today’s U.S. organic grain market. Even though they expose U.S. grain pricing to the dynamics of other markets, imports also provide some pricing stability by helping the country fulfill its demand for organic grains. Two particular issues connected to organic grain
Overcoming 3 Market-based Challenges Organic Grain Growers Face (That Conventional Growers Don’t)
Adhering to the standards and best practices of certifying agencies appointed by the USDA is only one small piece of the complex organic grain production puzzle. In fact, even after successfully implementing organic farming standards, marketing organic grains comes with significant disadvantages c
U.S. Boasts 6.5 Million Acres of Organic Certified Land with 460 New Operations in 2018
Silver Spring, MD, October 16, 2018—Mercaris, a market data service and online trading platform for organic, non-GMO, and certified agricultural commodities, today releases its annual Organic and Non-GMO Acreage Report. In its report, Mercaris captures key statistics around the expansion of certified
Quick Access to Organic Commodity Prices Made Possible by Mercaris Partnership with DTN
Silver Spring, MD, August 21, 2018—Mercaris, a market data service and online trading platform for organic, non-GMO and certified agricultural commodities, announces a partnership with DTN, a leading provider of insights and solutions, to provide ProphetX subscribers with exclusive market data and in
Mercaris Expects US Organic Spring Wheat Yields to Recover, While Organic Whole Corn Imports Threaten Domestic Production
Silver Spring, MD, August 14, 2018 — As the organic and non-GMO market passes the mid-year point, attention is on the growing 2018 crop which shows strong potential for improved Spring Wheat yield. These findings come from Mercaris, a market data service and online trading platform for organic, non-G
Mercaris Becomes Certified B Corporation
Silver Spring, MD, April 30, 2018—To formalize its dedication to creating positive social and environmental impact, Mercaris became a Certified B Corporation® on April 26, 2018. Attaining the certification required thorough assessment of ongoing operations, and provided incentive for Mercaris to impr
Mercaris Holds First-ever Online Auction for Organic Powdered Milk
Silver Spring, MD, March 5, 2018—As part of the organic dairy initiative launched by Mercaris in 2017, the company successfully held a first-of-its-kind online auction for certified organic nonfat dried milk powder (NFDM). The online auction, held March 1, closed 50,000 pounds of NFDM at $2.47 per po
2017 Q3 Newsletter
Mercaris Announces 30% Increase in Certified Organic Grain Acreage for 2017
Silver Spring, MD, November 7, 2017—In a presentation made at the Organic & Non-GMO Forum in St. Louis, Missouri, Mercaris released its 2017 Organic & Non-GMO Acreage Report. This is the second iteration of the report, which provides a detailed look into organic and non-GMO acreage data and provides
2017 Q2 Newsletter
Mercaris Announces Record Organic Grain Volume Traded on Auction Platform for 2017
Silver Spring, MD, April 13th, 2017— The Mercaris Auction Platform continues to demonstrate strong growth: year-to-date, over 280,000 bushels of organic grain have been traded via the on-line platform, more volume than traded in all of 2016. Since holding the first pilot auction for organic grain
2017 Q1 Newsletter (copy 01)
Q3 Newsletter
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Mercaris Auctions & News update July 2015
Upcoming auctions, recent price trends, news stories -- there is plenty happening at Mercaris and in the non-GMO & organic grain markets. One big announcement is that we are launching our NEW website at the beginning of August. ------------------------------------------------------------ UPCOMING
June 2015 Newsletter
What’s one of the most striking features of the U.S. Organic Grain sector? It’s the volume of grain imported from overseas to the U.S. Now you can track this information with greater precision than ever before. Our Foreign Imports Report shows statistics on volumes (monthly and yearly import by c
May 2015 Newsletter
Organic Soybeans, June 2015 delivery Organic soybean supplies are tight! On May 20 we will be hosting an auction for 2014 crop year, feed grade soybeans. Contact Lizzie Ekeberg (mailto:[email protected]) for details. SUBSCRIBE TO MERCARIS DATA SERVICE! (
January 2015 Newsletter
February 4-6, 2015 LaCrosse, WI MOSES ( March 4-7, 2015 Anaheim, CA Natural Products Expo West ( We will be attending these events. Contact us (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Upcoming%20Events) for more information. SUBSCRIBE TO MERCARIS
November 2014 Newsletter
T his month Mercaris welcomes our newest team member, Todd Jones. Todd is our Member Relations Associate and he’ll be the point person for Mercaris members who have questions or need assistance with our market data services. Todd is an entrepreneur himself. Prior to joining Mercaris, he founded a c
September 2014 Newsletter
With fall harvest just around the corner, we thought this would be a good time to share some information on spot and forward prices from the Mercaris Data Service ( . We began collecting delivered prices (for both spot deliveries and forward contracts) in
June 2014 Newsletter
** Organic Corn Available in September! ------------------------------------------------------------ Organic corn supplies are tight! On July 15 & 16, we will be hosting an auction for 5,400 bushels of 2014 crop year, feed-grade, organic corn. This corn will be available for delivery the second ha
May 2014 Newsletter
** Mercaris Sits Down with Mark Albertson, Director of Strategic Market Operations at IL Soybean, on Expanding Markets & New Opportunities for Growers ------------------------------------------------------------ This past month, Illinois Soybean Association ( (ISA) became the
April 2014 Newsletter
The Mercaris Trading Platform is designed to provide both buyers and sellers access to an effective and user-friendly market for IP grains and oilseeds. We love to talk about the the opportunities it provides our customers-- to make new supply chain contacts, to diversify marketing, to reduce transa
February 2014 Newsletter
Mercaris Trading Platform On March 3, we will be hosting a forward auction for 10,000 bushels of 2014 crop year, feed-grade, non-GMO soybeans. Bids are FOB Maryland. Have organic soybeans to sell? On March 5, we will be hosting a reverse auction for 10,000 bushels of feed-grade, organic so
November 2013 Newsletter
Last month we announced the launch of the Mercaris Data Service ( , allowing you to track organic grain prices. This month we're proud to report that we hosted the first-ever online non-GMO grain auction on the Mercaris Trading Platform. You can read mo
Mercaris Announces Launch of Industry-first Online Auctions for Identity-Preserved Grains
Silver Spring, MD, November 6, 2013— As demand for organic and non-GMO food continues to grow worldwide, market infrastructure, in the form of better information and more effective procurement tools, have lagged behind. Mercaris, a new company addressing these issues with critical market data and tra
October 2013 Newsletter
If you are reading this, you probably know it is our mission to provide vital market information to the organic and non-GMO sectors to enable their growth and development. We are excited to report that we are making important headway. We were proud to announce the launch of the Mercaris Data Ser
Mercaris Announces New Industry-first Data Service for Organic Prices, Trade Data
Silver Spring, MD, September 27, 2013—Mercaris, a new company providing critical market data and trading for organic and non-GMO agricultural commodity crops, announced today that its Data Service is now available to subscribers. Mercaris uses its unique technology platform to conduct continuou
August 2013 Newsletter
September 16-18, 2013 Midwest Shippers Association-Specialty Grains Conference & Trade Show ( Davenport, Iowa September 25-28, 2013 Natural Products Expo East ( Baltimore, MD We will be attending the above events. Conta
July 2013 Newsletter
Trade data can be helpful in understanding the structure of organic grain markets. For example, by combining this early import data with known harvested organic acreage in the U.S., a comparison between domestic production of organic grains & oilseeds with foreign supply of these same crops is poss
June 2013 Newsletter
Cartoon credit: Mike Twohy ** Upcoming Events ------------------------------------------------------------ IFOAM Organic World Congress This event is held every three years. The next World Congress is in Istanbul, Turkey in 2014, but the call for papers & presenters is open now! Visit www.i
May 2013 Newsletter
It’s been a busy week in agricultural policy as the U.S. House and Senate work to pass the 2013 Farm Bill. Organic Agriculture has featured prominently in the legislation and in the debate. While we won’t know the final outcome for a few weeks, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made an historic announceme
April 2013 Newsletter
Join our Coffee Experts Working Group Mercaris is looking for people to join our Experts Working Group on Coffee. If you are part of organization that represents coffee farmers, exporters, or roasters and would like to have strategic input and early access to Mercaris information, please email (
March 2013 Newsletter
Mercaris is looking for a Summer Intern! Check the Careers Page ( of our website for more information. ** Upcoming Events ------------------------------------------------------------ March 21-23, 2013 National Coffee Association Annual Convention, San
February 2013 Newsletter
** ------------------------------------------------------------ This week, Mercaris introduces Ceres, the first in a set of analytical tools for IP agriculture. Ceres will allow users to compare prices for organic cereals against prices for their conventional counterparts. Ceres pulls biwe
January 2013 Newsletter
Those who have sought out information on organic acreage and production have most likely encountered data published by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS produces annual acreage and production statistics on conventional agriculture and periodic data on the organic sector.
December 2012 Newsletter
Dear Readers: Welcome to the first installment of the Mercaris Monthly Newsletter. When we first launched Mercaris, it was with a sense of urgency. The world’s population has reached 7 billion (and counting!), environmental challenges abound, and extreme weather and a changing climate have made
Mercaris Acquires Trading Platform Provider, Exchangery
Silver Spring, MD, November 6, 2012—Mercaris announced today that it has acquired Exchangery, a provider of trading platform software for commodities markets. The deal aligns with Mercaris’ goal of providing an online marketplace for organic and non-GMO agricultural commodities. Founder and CEO [C
New Organic & Non-GMO Agriculture Service Launches
Silver Spring, MD, November 6, 2012—Today marks the launch of Mercaris, a new company to provide critical market information and infrastructure for organic and non-GMO agricultural commodity crops. Mercaris will allow subscribers to access key market data on certified or identity-preserved crops,