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October 6, 2012

Field crops top organic sales in Michigan

LANSING — Michigan organic farmers sold $99.2 million worth of organic crops and livestock in 2011, according to the Michigan Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Of that total, 77 percent was sold to wholesale markets while 19 percent went to retail. The remaining 4 percent was purchased directly by consumers.

Organic field crop sales were the largest commodity group, accounting for $35.3 million. The remaining top five commodity groups were vegetables at $4.3 million, fruit and nuts (excluding apples and grapes) at $1.8 million, apples at $1.5 million and berries at $0.7 million.

California led the nation in organic sales with $1.4 billion, followed by Washington at $297.1 million and Oregon with $233.5 million. The remaining top eight organic producing states were Texas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan.

For a copy of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey, visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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