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Published June 07, 2008, 12:00 AM

MDA publishes 2008 directory of state’s organic farms

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has published its 2008 Directory of Minnesota Organic Farms.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has published its 2008 Directory of Minnesota Organic Farms. The directory lists more than 200 of Minnesota’s certified organic producers, organized both by county and by the type of organic crops, livestock, fruits, or vegetables produced. No farm was listed without its permission.

MDA Organic and Diversification Specialist Meg Moynihan estimates there are about 560 certified organic farms in Minnesota, as well as more than 170 certified organic processors that turn organic raw materials into organic food and feed products.

“Demand for organic ingredients continues to outstrip supply,” said Moynihan. “We hope this directory will help producers and buyers connect with each other. Farmers can also use it to identify market opportunities, to contact other organic farmers, and to form marketing alliances.”

Hundreds of organic processors located in neighboring states will also find the directory helpful in their efforts to purchase certified organic Minnesota farm products including grains, oilseeds, meat, and milk.

Print copies of the 2008 Directory of Minnesota Organic Farms are available free of charge by calling 651-201-6012. The directory is also available online at www.mda.state.mn.us/food/organic.

This directory is mainly intended for use by organic food manufacturers, marketers, brokers, dairy and other livestock farms, grocery stores, restaurants, and other food service operations. The MDA encourages consumers who want to buy organic products direct from farms to use the Minnesota Grown Directory at www.minnesotagrown.com.

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