Organized in 1998 OrganicValley represents more than 800 organic producers in 25 states.

OrganicValley Cooperative held a small ceremony to welcome its newest organic dairy producer into the family. Last week Marlin Sauder, Sharon Grove, Ky., became the first Kentucky dairy producer to receive organic certification, and the 600th member of the OrganicValley dairy family.

Because the supply of organic milk has not kept pace with current demand, Sauder had his pick of places to sell his organic milk. He turned down five other offers to buy his milk.

OrganicValley was organized in 1988. The cooperative represents more than 800 producers in 25 states and had sales of $245 million in 2005.

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