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WSU Study Finds Fewer Organic Crops in Washington

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PULLMAN, Wash. - A study by Washington State University says the number of acres in organic farming in Washington state is dropping, while the value of organic crops is rising.

The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources says organic acreage in Washington state dropped from about 105,000 in 2009 to about 88,000 in 2012.

The center says the value of organic crops has grown by 20% to $285 million. Experts say organic agriculture can be more labor intensive, so prices have to be higher to cover the costs.

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