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December 23, 2012

Farm briefs: Dec. 23, 2012

New York ranks third in number of organic farms

ALBANY — The 2011 Organic Production Survey has counted 9,140 certified organic farms and ranches in the United States comprising 3.6 million acres of land, according to the New York Agricultural Statistics Service. Total certified organic product sales for the United States was $3.5 billion, up $340 million from 2008.

The average organic producer had sales of $414,725 in 2011 compared to $217,675 in 2008. The top three states by number of farms were California with 1,898, Wisconsin with 870 and New York with

597 certified organic farms.

In 2011, New York’s certified organic farms sold a total of $107 million in organically produced commodities, including $38.5 million in crops sales and $68.3 million in sales of livestock, poultry and their products.

Average sales were $186,668 per farm. Fifty-six percent, or $60.2 million of total organic sales in New York, were from milk from cows. Milk-cow sales totaled $3.77 million. Crop sales included more than $22.1 million from field crops, $14.5 million from vegetables and $1.36 million from fruits and berries.

In New York, just 10 percent of sales were direct to consumers via farm stands, farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSAs) and other arrangements, while 83 percent of New York organic sales were through wholesale channels, including processors, millers and packers, and grower cooperatives.

Seven percent of New York sales were direct-to-retail buyers such as natural-food stores, supermarkets and restaurants.

Speaker for organic conference announced

AUBURN — Attendees are invited to join the Northeast Organic Farming Assocation of New York (NOFA-NY) on March 1, 2013, for its second Annual Organic Dairy and Field Crop Conference at the Holiday Inn in Auburn featuring experienced organic keynote speaker Jerry Brunetti.

In 1979, Brunetti founded Agri-Dynamics with a vision of providing a line of holistic animal remedies for farm livestock, equine and pets. After witnessing firsthand the results of conventional, chemically dependent, grain-based rationed farming practices, he embarked on a crusade to educate and consult for farmers who made the choice to transition to ecologically responsible and sustainable farming. Brunetti works towards improving soil and crop quality and livestock performance and health on certified organic farms.

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