Russian attack on Ukraine felt by organic grain market

The Russian attack on Ukraine is reverberating through seemingly all markets, including organic. 

Illinois organic grain farmer Dave Campbell says the Black Sea region sent ripples through the market after reports of organic grain fraud surfaced in 2015.

“Ukraine and that are, so there was a lot of that grain coming in that wasn’t really Certified Organic.”

Speaking to Brownfield Friday at the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, he says USDA dealt with that issue. But he’s concerned the region could potentially impact organic grain prices again.

“With this escalation now in the last couple days, it remains to be seen. The conventional markets were very much up and down with huge swings. The organic market is impacted somewhat, they’re somewhat tied (together) but they aren’t either. So it’s kind of a mixed bag.”

Campbell, the 2022 MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year, operates Lily Lake Organic Farm in Maple Park, Illinois.

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