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Organic Valley struggles, then surges in turbulent dairy market


Cows graze on the Tranel Family Farm, Organic Valley farmer-member (photo courtesy of Organic Valley)
Cows graze on the Tranel Family Farm, Organic Valley farmer-member (photo courtesy of Organic Valley)

 Here’s more evidence of the hard times — but also of new hope — in farm country.

         Organic Valley, the nationally known organic farmers co-op headquartered in LaFarge, lost money for the third straight year in 2019, but observers say its economic performance has improved and more importantly organic milk sales are unexpectedly zooming in 2020.

         “Organic milk is just flying off the grocery shelves,”  says Joel McNair, who…



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