« Large organic farm decertified for four years | Main | $100 million lawsuit filed in E coli case »

December 4, 2009

Iowa County providing incentives for organic production -- goal is all organic

Using tax breaks and other incentives, Woodbury County, Iowa is encouraging organic farming.  From the New York Times (the original source is Greenwire):

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- In the midst of sprawling corn and soybean fields, industrial animal-processing plants and ethanol refineries, Woodbury County is . . . trying to go whole-hog into organic agriculture.

"This is a totally new direction for us," said Debi Durham, president and CEO of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce. . . . "Within the next 10 years, we will be known as the organic capital -- of the world."

Such a prediction is almost mind-boggling, considering that the county had not one registered acre of organic farmland in the 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture census -- and this in a county with a total 450,000 acres of farmland.

more

December 4, 2009 in Farming, Food culture, Organics | Permalink

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341bfae553ef0120a70ebdde970b

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Iowa County providing incentives for organic production -- goal is all organic:

Comments

Post a comment