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Number of organic farms dropped over the same time period
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show sales from organic farms in Illinois more than tripled over a five-year period.
Annual sales from organic Illinois farms rose to $26,2 million in 2012, up from just $8.3 million in 2007. The data shows sales growth occurred despite a drop in the overall number of farms in Illinois during that same period. The figures only include farms that had at least $5,000 in annual sales selling USDA-certified organic products.
Kendra Schilling, manager of the Illinois Products Farmers' Market at the state fairgrounds, said the data doesn't include numbers from smaller growers who haven't gone through the process to be certified.
The state's overall crop sales were $14.1 billion in 2012. Livestock sales hit about $3 billion that year.