Leading the way to meet growing customer and consumer demand, Ardent Mills is hosting a series of grower meetings in the west. These sessions are opportunities for farmers to learn more about Ardent Mills' Organic Initiative 2019, announced in mid-December.

Ardent Mills VP of Risk Management Mike Miller says, "We're very eager to work with farmers as they transition to this growing market and to provide our customers with an assured supply in support of their new product and menu introductions. We are certain that current demand will continue to increase well into the future. We've heard from farmers we work with, and we understand the barriers faced when shifting a portion or all of their crops to organic. Ardent Mills is addressing these challenges with our Organic Initiative 2019."

"Due to a groundswell of interest, we've asked Oregon Tilth to share additional information about organic wheat certification. As farmers join this effort, they will have direct support services, workshops and long-term contracts for transitional and organic wheat bushels," notes Shrene White, director of specialty grains with Risk Management, Ardent Mills.

Three meetings will be conducted this month on a first-come, first-served basis:

In Fargo, North Dakota on Tuesday, January 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Candlewood Suites, 1831 NDSU Research Park Drive (with lunch provided). Attendance for the event is closed.

In Fort Morgan, Colorado on Friday, January 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Country Steakout, 19592 E. 8th Avenue (with lunch provided). Attendance is still open for this event.

In Pocatello, Idaho on Wednesday, January 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 1555 Pocatello Creek Road (with lunch provided). Attendance is still open for this event.

To RSVP for either the Colorado or Idaho events, please complete the registration form at ardentmills.com/tcap. Additionally, farmers interested in working with Ardent Mills on its Organic Initiative 2019 can contact Shrene White by email at [email protected], or phone toll free 844-421-2068 or visit ardentmills.com/tcap

Ardent Mills is a leading supplier of organic flour, certified since1996. As the premier flour-milling and ingredient company, Ardent Mills' vision is to be the trusted partner in nurturing its customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions. Ardent Mills' operations and services are supported by more than 40 flour mills and bakery-mix facilities along with a specialty bakery and Mobile Innovation Center, all located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Deeply rooted in communities throughout North America, Ardent Mills is headquartered in Denver, CO and employs more than 100 certified millers and supports about 2,400 jobs across our enterprise, generating billions of dollars of economic activity. To learn more about Ardent Mills, visit ardentmills.com.