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Two Rivers Farms are granted organic certification
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11 July 2012
DENVER (PRNewswire) - Two Rivers Water Company announced today (11 July) that several of the Company's farms have been granted National Organic Program (NOP) Certification. All crops produced on Two Rivers Farms in Huerfano County, Colorado are now Certified USDA Organic.
'This certification is another important milestone for us,' noted John McKowen, CEO of Two Rivers. 'Better educated consumers and public health professionals are increasingly emphasizing the value of safe, sustainable, high-quality produce throughout the food chain.
Two Rivers produces both fodder crops for animal feed and whole foods for human consumption. Growing some of these crops organically meets an emerging market preference and will increase our revenue and profit yield,' he added.
Organic crops often command a market premium versus conventionally grown crops; for example, organic alfalfa/hay sells at prices that are, on average, 20% higher than conventionally grown alfalfa/hay (USDA: NASS 2011).
Organic farming (free of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides) is also important in preserving the integrity of the farm. Two Rivers Water Company maintains a joint venture to locally produce high quality organic fertilizer for use on the Company's farms.
Observing the strict organic regimen demanded for NOP certification is consistent with Two Rivers' overall approach to sustainable, profitable farming operations including rotational farm fallowing (to let agricultural soils rest and rejuvenate on a regular schedule), systematic crop rotation (to diversify and balance nutrient demands) and high-efficiency subterranean irrigation (to eliminate water waste and increase the quality and quantity of production).
ABOUT TWO RIVERS WATER COMPANY
Two Rivers Water Company acquires and develops high-yield irrigated farmland and the associated water rights in the western United States, and is presently focusing on the Arkansas River basin in southern Colorado. At the present time, Two Rivers Water Company grows a diverse variety of crops, ranging from fodder crops like alfalfa and corn to vegetables for human consumption, on high-yield irrigated farmland in Huerfano and Pueblo Counties.
We are aggressively expanding operations to develop our business in southern Colorado with a view to the future implementation of this business model in other areas in the arid West.
Source: PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1hx8z)
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