Organic grain and hay buyers and sellers now have a place to find each other online.
Washington State University Extension has launched a searchable bulletin board that allows farmers and others to post either the organic grain and hay they have for sale or what they want to buy.
Diana Roberts, regional extension specialist for WSU in Spokane, said demand for organic grain has outpaced supply as consumers have increased over the last decade.
The bulletin board is “an opportunity for growers interested in organic production to explore that,” she said.
Worley, Idaho, farmer Ted Lacy raises organic peas for nitrogen and spring wheat, barley and oats on 80 acres. He has listed his crops on the bulletin board.
“What we raise, people have a need for,” he said. “Certain people have certain needs, and it’s hard to figure out what to grow, because everyone’s got different needs.”
The Pacific Northwest has a tiny share of the organic grain market. According to WSU Extension, in 2011, Washington had about 6,500 acres of certified organic wheat, Idaho had 10,000 acres and Oregon less than 5,000. Montana grew 66,000 acres of organic grain.