July 30, 2019
Contact: Roz Lehman

Contact: Rosalyn Lehman, executive director:  [email protected] | 515-608-8622

Tour the American Natural Processors Facility in Cherokee, Iowa
on August 7, 2019

 Cherokee, Iowa. The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) is delivering a free field day for farmers and others interested in learning from organic experts about processing organic grains and livestock feeds.  IOA members, Mark and Julie Schuett, will host the Field Day at American Natural Processors, 1510 S 2nd St in Cherokee on Wednesday, August 7, from 1 to 3 pm.

Mark and Julie Schuett began processing soybeans in 1991 in northwest Iowa. In 2000, they started American Natural Processors, a facility that processes organic and non-GMO soybeans into high quality soybean meal and edible vegetable oil without the use of chemicals or preservatives. Today, in addition to operating a 640-acre organic farm, the family-owned business processes a wide variety of organic grains and oil seeds, including soybeans, canola, flax, pumpkin, and rice as well as complete organic livestock feeds. ANP has grown to be one of the largest organic ingredient processors in the U.S. with processing plants in Hartley, Cherokee, Glava and most recently, Sioux City, Iowa.

Field day attendees will be able tour the facility and see the next step in the production chain as they observe ANP’s chemical-free processing operation. Attendees will also learn about the benefits of a chemical-free process and how it can produce better food and feed.  The Schuetts will also share their expansion plans for processing sunflower and hemp seeds.

American Natural Processors began with the belief that organic production was the course that could help sustain small family farmers and improve the quality of our food and environment.  What was needed was a local organic processing facility, thus ANP stepped in to fill that gap and to support the local, organic market.

Please RSVP to Kelli Hanson at [email protected]

View the full schedule for IOA’s Summer Field Day series at www.iowaorganic.org. For more information about the program or the Summer Field Day series, contact Roz Lehman at [email protected] or 515-608-8622.

IOA’s 2019 Summer Field Day series is made possible with support from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency.

The Iowa Organic Association (IOA) is a statewide, 501(c)3  non-profit organization committed to organic education, advocacy and cooperation. Our membership is a diverse community of Iowa’s organic farmers, gardeners, food and farm businesses, advocates and consumers who are devoted to building a more sustainable Iowa. More information at IowaOrganic.org.