Wisconsin Still Leads in Organic Farming Despite Competition

Wisconsin Still Leads in Organic Farming Despite Competition Photo: Jon Ellis/WDIO-TV, file

September 30, 2017 01:09 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows Wisconsin remains second in the U.S. for the number of organic farms, despite increasing competition from other states.

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Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the number of organic farms in Wisconsin increased by 6 percent to almost 1,300 operations between 2015 and 2016.

New York had a 13 percent increase in organic farms last year, bringing the state's total up to more than 1,000. It's the first time a state other than Wisconsin or California reported having more than 1,000 organic farms.

Erin Silva is an organic production specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She says the increase in farms will strengthen the industry. Silva says growing consumer demand for organic products means there's room for more farms in the industry.


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