Wisconsin has become a contender as a health leader in organic farming in the United States. California is the only state in the country ahead of Wisconsin according to new federal statistics.
The Associated Press reports Wisconsin had 1,180 organic farms in 2012, with one in five of them in Vernon County, where Organic Valley has risen to be the nation’s top seller of organic milk. Organic Valley’s success has encouraged neighboring counties to consider similar measures.
Organic Valley CEO George Siemon says the cooperative started in the late 1980s when tobacco farmers in western Wisconsin were looking for a new crop.
The company now employs 1,800 farms nationwide and 750 non-farm workers.
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