Our Program

For 125 years and counting, Bell & Evans has been committed to producing superior quality poultry.  We know first-hand that natural and organic practices are best.  Bell & Evans was the first to introduce all-natural chicken to the market and eliminate the use of antibiotics more than 20 years ago.  100% of our chickens are raised on U.S.-grown vegetarian feed, and we have an increasing need for U.S. organic-grown grains.  Farmers wanting to transition land to organic need financial security, and we want to help you to help us.  This is why Bell & Evans has created an Organic Grain Initiative for Pennsylvania farmers.
Why Go Organic?
  • Demand for organic is steadily increasing.

  • Organic-certified products earn a premium price.

  • Organic practices improve the health of soil, air and water, reducing the carbon footprint.

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has committed to supporting the growth of organic agriculture in the Commonwealth.

Certification Basics
Organic 101
  • Conventional farming uses chemicals to fight pests and weeds and provide plant nutrition. Organic farming uses natural principles like biodiversity, crop rotation and composting to maintain healthy soil.

  • To sell organic products, you must become organic certified. The National Organic Standards are set by the USDA.

  • Products with a USDA Organic seal are produced without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, and they are GMO-free.

  • Land must be free of all prohibited substances for at least 3 years.

  • You must sell more than $5,000 in organic products a year.

  • Farms must undergo regular inspections to ensure compliance.

Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants = Healthy People

Benefits to you

Funding

We will pay a premium price for transitional grains during three-year land conversion.

Transportation

Grain will be picked up at your farm and processed right here in Pennsylvania.

How it Works

You can expect a long-term contract (up to 10 years) directly with Bell & Evans at a premium price for your organic-certified grain once fully converted.

Training

Training and support provided by Bell & Evans and its partners for your success.