What are the problems we are solving at YieldOrganic?



As farmers ourselves, we know first hand the obstacles when producing, marketing and buying Organic/Non-GMO large scale commodities. Our main goal is to provide guidance for those making the transition to Organic production and connect farmers and buyers in one simple platform.

Our Platform


For Producers

  • Testing is done up front by the Producer at a certified lab to ensure only quality commodities are listed for sale.
  • Set the price for your crop.  To support you with your decision, RSS feeds from the USDA AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) are provided on the Producer’s Dashboard for your reference.
  • When your commodity is purchased shipping is arranged for your convenience
  • Funds from the Buyer are put in escrow to ensure payment and are released when the commodity is delivered

For Buyers

  • Testing by a certified lab is conducted on the commodity before it is listed for sale to ensure only quality commodities are sold.
  • Utilize your own shipping fleet or secure the estimated shipping that can be arranged through the platform.
  • Agree to purchase the commodity
  • Put the funds in a secure escrow account
  • Once delivery takes place the funds are released from escrow and the Producer is paid

Frequently Asked Questions

Certifying Agent:

Nearly 80 agents are currently authorized to certify farms and businesses to the USDA organic regulations. Most USDA-accredited certifying agents are allowed to certify farms and businesses anywhere in the world. Farmers, Ranchers, and Processors may choose to work with any USDA-accredited certifying agent.  The website below lists Certifiers by Name, State and County.

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Before a Producer is able to list their commodity for sale they are required to have their Non-GMO or Organic commodity tested at a certified testing lab.  Those test results are uploaded to the YieldOrganic platform.
No.  However, before any implement is utilized in a transitioning or organic field it must be cleaned.  Depending on the implement it must either be washed down or blown out.  

Equipment:

No.  However, before any implement is utilized in a transitioning or organic field it must be cleaned.  Depending on the implement it must either be washed down or blown out.  

Fertilizer:

Check with your certifying agent for a list of approved fertilizer products before purchasing or applying them to your field.

Your certifying agent will use a reputable source to inform his/her recommendations.

Note:
Usually, you can have confidence in purchasing fertilizer if you see an OMRI label. For certified organic farmers, the product must be included in the operator’s approved organic system (farm) plan.

OMRI supports organic integrity by developing clear information and guidance about materials, so those producers know which products are appropriate for organic operations. OMRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides an independent review of products, such as fertilizers, pest controls, livestock health care products, and numerous other inputs that are intended for use in certified organic production and processing.

Upon completing a three year transition period and receiving approval during the onsite inspections, an accredited certifying agent will issue a Producer an organic certification document reflecting the crop and number of acres approved as USDA Organic.  Each year thereafter the production process and crop is inspected before the updated organic certification document is issued.  Before a Producer is able to list their commodity for sale as organic a copy of their current organic certification is uploaded to the YieldOrganic platform.  

Trucking:

The price of the commodity that is set by the Producer is based on a FOB price. The Buyer is responsible for paying for the shipping.

Through the YieldOrganic platform, a third-party logistics company provides estimated shipping rates and their service is available for most commodities. The Buyer also has the option to utilize their own shipping fleet or use a trucking company they may already have an established relationship with.

Seeds:

Non-GMO seeds must be used in Non-GMO and organic crop production.  To help ensure yield be sure to ask the seed dealer about the proper seeding rate.  In general Non-GMO seeds need to be planted thicker in order to produce a good yield.

Storage:

Yes.  Conventional, Organic/Non-GMO crops all need to be segregated from each other in different storage facilities.  If a common auger is utilized on a farm, it must be cleaned before it is used before it is switched from conventional, Organic/Non-GMO crops.  

Testing:

Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Test) – GMO detection by itself is not sufficient and measurement of the GMO content of the sample is necessary.  The current industry standard for GMO testing, Real-Time PCR, can provide quantitative GMO results for raw commodities, animal feed, and many processed products.   However, Real-Time PCR is sometimes unable to quantify GMO content in highly processed or multi-ingredient products.

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(Digital PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction Test)Digital PCR is more robust than Real-Time PCR and can often be used to provide a quantifiable GMO result.  This can facilitate entry of your processed product into markets where GMO quantification is required.

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Lateral flow tests[1] also known as lateral flow immunochromatographic assays, are simple devices intended to detect the presence (or absence) of a target analyte in sample (matrix) without the need for specialized and costly equipment, though many lab based applications exist that are supported by reading equipment.[2] Typically, these tests are used for medical diagnostics either for home testing, point of care testing, or laboratory use. A widely spread and well known application is the home pregnancy test.

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Payment:

When a Buyer selects your Ad and agrees to the terms and conditions they place the funds to purchase your commodity in an escrow account monitored and managed by a third party escrow company called Payoneer.  When the commodity is either picked up by the Buyer or shipping is provided by YieldOrganic’s third party logistics company and are delivered to the Buyer the funds are released from escrow and deposited into your bank account.
When the commodity is either picked up by the Buyer or shipping is provided by YieldOrganic’s third party logistics company and are delivered to the Buyer the funds are released from escrow and deposited into your bank account.  How soon you can draw upon those funds is up to your financial institution.

General Terminology


The aflatoxins are a group of chemically similar toxic fungal metabolites (mycotoxins)

produced by certain moulds of the genus Aspergillus growing on a number of raw food commodities. Aflatoxins are highly toxic compounds and can cause both acute and chronic toxicity in humans and many other animals. Their importance was first established in 1960 when 100,000 turkeys and other poultry in the UK died in a single event. The cause of this was eventually traced to a toxic contaminant in groundnut meal used in the bird’s feed. The contaminant was later named aflatoxin.

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Nearly 80 agents are currently authorized to certify farms and businesses to the USDA organic regulations. Most USDA-accredited certifying agents are allowed to certify farms and businesses anywhere in the world. Farmers, ranchers, and processors may choose to work with any USDA-accredited certifying agent.  The website below lists certifiers by Name, State and County.

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A contractual arrangement in which a third party receives and disburses money or documents for the primary transacting parties, with the disbursement dependent on conditions agreed to by the transacting parties.

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the group of applied techniques of genetics and biotechnology

used to cut up and join together genetic material and especially DNA from one or more species of organism and to introduce the result into an organism in order to change one or more of its characteristics

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GMOs (genetically modified organisms) are

organisms whose genetic material has been manipulated in a lab. This creates genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

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The National Organic Coalition (NOC) is a national alliance of organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists, consumers and industry members involved in organic agriculture.  NOC seeks to advance organic food and agriculture and ensure a united voice for organic integrity, which means strong, enforceable, and continuously improved standards to maximize the multiple health, environmental, and economic benefits that only organic agriculture affords. The coalition works to assure that policies are fair, equitable, and encourage diversity of participation and access.  View Source
The NOSB is a 15-member volunteer board from diverse members of the organic community.  The Organic Law  grants the NOSB sole authority to recommend adding materials to or removing materials from the National List, and to make recommendations on a wide variety of other topics related to organic standards.  They hold public meetings twice a year, and NOC holds a public meeting the day prior to each NOSB meeting at the same site.  View Source
OMRI supports organic integrity by developing clear information and guidance about materials, so that producers know which products are appropriate for organic operations. OMRI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides an independent review of products, such as fertilizers, pest controls, livestock health care products, and numerous other inputs that are intended for use in certified organic production and processing.

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Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. We believe seed is part of our common cultural heritage – a living, natural resource that demands careful management to meet food needs now and into the future. We accomplish our mission through research, education, and advocacy.  View Source
Describes the type of operation and organic products produced as well as practices and substances used in production.  The certifying agent will require this document.

OSP Template:

https://www.ams.usda.gov/report-publication/organic-system-plan-template

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP) is a regulatory program housed within the Agricultural Marketing Service. NOP is authorized by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to develop national standards and regulations for organically produced agricultural products. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards. View Source

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YieldOrganic is by your side as you transition from conventional to Organic/Non-GMO production. All the way from understanding Where Do I Start, to going through Common Concerns That Are Raised, the Lessons we have Learned and openly sharing Our Financials from field years 2014 and 2015. With concise information, the transition isn’t as daunting as you may think.

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