Organic growing in Ohio

Organic growing in Ohio

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture showed encouraging trends for Ohio agriculture, one farming group thinks.

“The new (USDA) data reveals ongoing challenges, like an aging farmer population and consolidation in agriculture, but also very positive growth in the number of beginning and organic farmers, as well as an increase in farmland for the first time in decades,” said Amalie Lipstreu, policy director for the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

The group published an analysis of the Census of Agriculture data called “Ohio Agriculture: The Changing Contours of Farming.”

The census showed that Ohio is sixth in the nation in the number of certified organic farms and second in the nation in the number of acres being transitioned to organic production systems.
  
“The growth in interest in organics ... should send a signal that organic agriculture is a viable option for improving water quality in Ohio,” Lipstreu said in the release.