Tuesday, March 6, 2018

General Mills to launch organic farm

General Mills announced a deal Tuesday to create South Dakota's largest organic crop farm.

So much for the family farm image of the organic farming movement!

Gunsmoke Farms will convert 34,000 acres - more than 53 square miles - near Pierre to organic by 2020, giving it enough space for all the organic wheat needed to make General Mills' popular Annie's Macaroni & Cheese line.

General Mills, which is guaranteeing a market for the wheat, is working with Madison, Wisconsin-based Midwestern BioAg to develop the crop rotation and soil-building program needed for such a large farm to go organic.