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.
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
We will pay a premium price for transitional grains during three-year land conversion.
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 and support provided by Bell & Evans and its partners for your success.