Contract for Change – Barley
Why is Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold® offering this program?
The demand for organic barley is increasing, yet farms that convert to organic must undergo a three-year transition period. For the farmers, this means uncertain future markets and expenses that can prohibit many farmers from making the change. The ‘Contract for Change’ program aims to advance the entire organic industry. Here’s how it will work: Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold® will sign long-term, full-rotation contracts to purchase the barley grown from the beginning of the transition period through the first year of organic production. We will purchase transitional barley at a premium price, supporting farmers during the transition window.
What is in it for farmers?
We will purchase, at a premium, your transitional barley. We will also purchase the organic barley at a greater premium at the end of the three year transition process.
Is the program only available to farmers in Idaho?
The barley needs to be delivered to our Idaho Falls or South Idaho (Hazelton) locations, so we welcome all farmers who can deliver organic barley to these locations. If you are outside of this area, we are partnering with CCOF to offer transitional grants to farmers across the range of crops nationally. See more info here. (hyperlink ‘here’ to https://www.ccof.org/ccof-foundation/organic-transition-grants)
Is the program only for barley?
We are only offering contracts for barley growers, but we are partnering with CCOF to offer transitional grants to farmers across the range of crops nationally. See more info here. (hyperlink ‘here’ to https://www.ccof.org/ccof-foundation/organic-transition-grants)
What variety of barley must I grow?
The specific type of barley to grow is Voyager.
When do I need to begin the transition?
The transition begins in the spring of each year.
What if I already transitioned other crops to organic but not barley? Am I still eligible?
Yes, you are eligible if you will be transitioning a new plot of land to grow barley.
Contract for Change – Grants
Why was this grant program created?
Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold®, the first national beer brand to be USDA-certified organic, is on a mission to help U.S. farmers who have an interest in converting to organic farming by assisting them through the transition process, which can be time consuming and challenging without support.t. A portion of sales from each Pure Gold 6-pack will go directly to farmers looking to transition to organic, allowing consumers to help drive change. Pure Gold has a program in place to assist barley growers and is now looking to expand support to farmers across the country growing a variety of crops.
Am I eligible for funding?
- Producers of all crop types are eligible for organic certification are encouraged to apply. Please note, cannabis and hemp production are not eligible for funding.
- Applicant must reside and farm in the United States (this includes U.S. territories)
- Applicant must have a minimum of 3-years in production (3 Schedule F Tax return required for application)
- Applicant must demonstrate their intent to farm organically
- Grant funds may only be used to support the applicant’s transition to USDA NOP certified organic production methods
- Applicant agrees to submit a final report at the end of the grant period and check in for the three years after the grant on the organic status of their fields
- Applicants must be 21 years of age or older at the time the application is submitted
When can I apply and when will the grants be announced?
- Applications open January 30, 2020 and close April 30, 2020.
- Grant winners will be announced in July 2020
Who do I contact if I have questions?
- For grant related questions please email the CCOF Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org, you can also call the CCOF office at 831 423 2263 and press ‘0’ for the operator
What does it take to attain organic certification for my farm?
Which crops are not eligible for funding?
Cannabis and hemp production are not eligible for funding.
Do I need a letter of reference to be considered for funding?
Yes, you’ll need one letter of reference, submitted through the online grant portal to be considered for the grant.
What else is Anheuser-BuschMichelob ULTRA Pure Gold and CCOF doing to support organic farmers?
In addition to grants, Anheuser-BuschMichelob ULTRA Pure Gold is supporting farmers in transitioning to organic through the Contract for Change program, where we guarantee to purchase their growers’ barley grown during the three-year transition and after they’ve gone organic. Anheuser-BuschMichelob ULTRA Pure Gold is mitigating risks, so farmers can focus on growing the highest-quality organic crops. Find out more at: https://www.michelobultra.com/campaigns/contract-for-change.html
CCOF and the CCOF Foundation support organic farmers through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion. We encourage interested growers to find out more about organic certification, attend a training through our Organic Training Institute, or get involved in organic advocacy.
If my application meets the eligibility requirements, will I receive a grant?
Meeting eligibility does not ensure that your grant application will be funded.
The Contract for Change program will use these funding priorities when considering grant applications.
- Farmers with at least 5-years of production experience
- Applicants who are underrepresented in the organic industry including, women, people of color, veterans, farm workers, and people with disabilities
- A demonstrated interest in organic production methods
- Applicants who have a plan for transitioning to certified organic production or who have identified a means to develop a plan for how they will transition their farm
- Farmers who can demonstrate financial need
- Preference for farmers who are new to organic farming
If I receive a grant, are there additional reports/documents that will be required?
Yes, grantees will be required to submit a final report at the end of the grant period and check in for the three years thereafter on the organic status of their fields.