Wisconsin is a national leader in the small, but rapidly growing organic sector of agriculture. The number of organic farms in the state has more than tripled since 2002 to over 1200 farms today (Figure 1). We are second in numbers of organic farms after California, and first in the nation in numbers of organic dairy farms (National Agricultural Statistics Service 2008). We are also in the top ten in numbers of organic farms producing livestock, vegetables, grain, and forages. In 2008, farmgate sales totaled over $132 million (Table 1).
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