By: Bob Meyer
The organic industry continues to grow significantly around the world. USDA reports there are 18,513 certified organic farms and businesses in the U.S. at the end of 2013, a 4 percent increase from 2012. California, Wisconsin and New York have the most organic operations.
The Ag Department annual Official List of Certified Operations says there are now more than 25,000 certified organic operations in over 120 countries around the globe. That is a 4.2 percent increase from a year ago
U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says organic retail sales were valued at $35 billion last year and he expects the new Farm Bill should spur additional growth. The Secretary says the new Farm Bill funds organic research and education, mitigate pest emergencies and provides access to loans and grants. The bill will help with cost-share assistance for organic certification. It also has expanded options for organic crop insurance.
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