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Rick Worthington Organic Farms Growing in US
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: October 25, 2018

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Organic Farms Growing in US

The organic food industry is continuing to grow larger in America.

The U.S. now has 6.5 million acres of certified organic Land. Organic industry data service Mercaris (Meh-CAR-us) says there are more than 17,600 U.S. farmers certified as compliant with the USDA National Organic Program standards for organic row-crop production.

Laura Batcha with the Organic Trade Association says her group is pleased with the news.

The gains in acres and the number of farms were called “modest” but Batcha says that’s normal, given the time it takes for farms to transition to organic production.

The 17,648 farms certified for organic production in 2018 represents a three percent increase from 2017.

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