With the increasing demand for organic products and the desire among consumers to know where their food comes from, a new agricultural cooperative has formed to help peanut farmers in South Georgia diversify their farms and reach new markets. The Georgia Organic Peanut Association (GOPA) will market Certified Organic peanuts grown by its members, as well as by any farmer wanting to use its services. Its charter also enables the organization to market any organic farm product in the future.
Here we are: the Georgia Organic Peanut Association. A group of small farmers located across Georgia working to grow and sell USDA certified organic peanuts together. Seventeen years after the implementation of the National Organic Program, this is finally the realization of an organic peanut industry in Georgia, the nation’s largest peanut-producing state.