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Obama Administration Report on Agricultural Economy Highlights Contribution of Organic Sector

The Obama Administration released a report on rural communities and businesses, highlighting the tremendous value of the organic sector as part of our nation’s diverse agricultural economy. The report, prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Rural Council, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, points to numerous examples of how organic agriculture and trade are expanding opportunities for agricultural production— a timely recognition during this vital Farm Bill season.

From the Organic Trade Association:

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2012)— The Obama Administration yesterday released a report on rural communities and businesses, highlighting the tremendous value of the organic sector as part of our nation’s diverse agricultural economy. The report, prepared by the Council of Economic Advisers, the White House Rural Council, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, points to numerous examples of how organic agriculture and trade are expanding opportunities for agricultural production— a timely recognition during this vital Farm Bill season.

The White House report noted that the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.4 billion in sales, making it a noteworthy contributor to the American farm economy. A report, released by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in April, shows the organic food industry generated more than five hundred thousand American jobs in 2010. With organic dairy and produce accounting for the two largest organic product categories, it’s no surprise that these bright spots in domestic agriculture were specifically highlighted for their critical roles in creating opportunities for farmers and ranchers, and for their influence in helping rural businesses become more competitive.

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