The FPP was designed with and for farmers to address each challenge and answer every question throughout the transition. It’s a menu that you can pick and choose from to customize our offerings to your operation.
Marketing: We can make this the easy part by providing long-term off-take agreements for all marketable transitional and organic crops. You select a percentage of your acres to enroll, and we commit to buying your whole rotation. This will facilitate conversations with lenders and give you the predictability and stability that is often lacking in this industry.
Economic Programs: Access to capital to help you finance new investments (equipment, storage, etc.) and to keep you financially viable during the transition process. We’re also partnering with investors and other groups who understand the organic opportunity to help you grow your farm through creative land purchase agreements. Both programs are currently in development and we’re always looking for farmer feedback and exploration – reach out and let us know if you’re interested in learning more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Software: Optimizing easily accessible farm management software for organic row crop production, helping you manage certification records and inform your financial planning process. It’s also a way for you to share your story through the supply chain, adding value along the way. We’re working with multiple farm management software platforms to create guides that optimize their programs for organic row crop production. Stay tuned!
Agronomics: Get set up with an expert agronomy team in your region who can advise and guide you during the transition and beyond certification. For farmers signing a long-term off-take agreement with Pipeline Foods, we’ll cover the cost to create a three-year agronomic plan and get the relationship started. Give us a call and we’ll walk you through what options are available in your area; to see our current agronomy referral network and get in touch with an agronomist in your region, click here.
Inputs & Equipment: Informed guidance on regionally proven, highest-value organic seed and fertilizer, helping you sort through the sales pitches and unproven options.
Certification: Direct support achieving and retaining organic certification is provided. We make the process as easy as possible by having an IOIA-trained organic inspector on staff who can advise on recordkeeping and answer questions about the process.
Network: We believe in the power of a well-connected group of farmers to share valuable information, workshop solutions, and advocate for what will benefit the group as a whole. We work to facilitate networking and connection through online forums, in-person events, and using our facilities as meeting places.
Education: A comprehensive set of resources – videos, podcasts, fact sheets, in-person events, and helpful links – that together form a ready reference guide as you continually improve your operation. In development; coming soon!