Our Commitment to Organic Seed
Throughout the nearly 20 years that we've been providing certified organic farm seed to the organic farming community, we've viewed our role as more than simply supplying and cleaning seed. Part of our operating budget every year is allocated directly to supporting organic and non-GMO seed breeding efforts in the Upper Midwest and nationwide. We invest part of our profits back into the organic community by investing in the development of non-GMO corn inbreds, non-GMO soybean varieties, new small grain varieties, and innovative cover crop seed choices.
We work closely with non-GMO hybrid corn seed breeders nationwide to develop and rigorously test the best corn germplasm available. We also pay for replicated testing of this material to ensure that each bag of Organic Viking Corn is something you can hang your hat on. In cooperation with Blue River Hybrids, we are now offering a full lineup of hybrids specifically for silage: BR33L90, BR43L96, and BR53L96. This is in addition to our robust offering of certified organic and conventional, untreated, non-GMO seed corn in maturities from 80 day to 109 day.
While available breeding lines of non-GMO soybeans have dwindled in the United States, we have been on the forefront of testing every commercial non-GMO soybean variety available to us in the marketplace. Moreover, we have supported and worked with soybean breeding programs at the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, and Michigan State University to provide reliable and high-quality organic soybean varieties. For 2015, we are pleased to announce the addition of six new soybean varieties to our lineup, three of which have stacked natural resistance genes to soybean aphids.
I have been involved in a lobbying effort in Washington to increase funding for small grains breeding work in the latest Farm Bill. We are actively reaching out to all small grains breeders across the Upper Midwest and devoting financial support to such efforts. We are currently aiding development and evaluation of winter-hardy varieties of winter barley for the Upper Midwest, winter oats, and new certified varieties of winter rye.
Finally, we are committed to scaling up our organic cover crop seed offerings for this coming year in a big way. We have worked closely with farmer innovators, industry leaders and researchers to provide the best species and mixtures for cover cropping in organic farming systems.
All of these efforts would not be possible without you, our farmers and farm families. We feel very fortunate to have you as a customer and sincerely appreciate the trust you put in us. When you buy organic seed from Albert Lea Seed, you are making an investment in the future health and sustainability of the organic community.
From all of us at the 'seedhouse', we wish you a safe, happy, and profitable farming season.