WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Farming impacts many families in Wisconsin and we all know the struggles dairy farmers have faced in recent years. But what about organic farming??
Well, a local woman says the future for organic products in the badger state is endless and we could see more products on the shelves.
Downtown Grocery in Wausau has been supporting local organic farmers for the last 14 years, Megan Curtes Korpela, Co-Owner to the grocery store says, her husband wanted a grocery store that was different, unique from something you would find in the margins.
They've been supporting people like Kat Becker a local organic farmer, and Owner of Cattails Organics. She said, "at my farm, I grow about 80 different crops so pretty much everything you can grow in Wisconsin even sweet potatoes that wish they lived in the south, I grow on my farm."
You may have noticed an increase in organic farming here in Wisconsin. Becker said, "organic farming is a farming system in which farmers try to use natrual resources in the most responsible way."
Today when you walk through a grocery store it's more common to see a product labeled organic than local, but at Downtown Grocery, you'll see both.
Curtes Korpela said, "we want to bring people in the door who are interested in supporting their neighbors and as well as supporting the environment."
And a ranking puts Wisconsin at number 2 for its number of organic farms.
"It's not surprising Wisconsin is number 2 in the nation given our agricultural history even though our acreage in agricultural land is much less than any other states," said Becker.
It's a census that is conducted every five years by the US Department of Agriculture. While California took the number one spot, Becker says that's because of the amount of land they have to offer farmers.
Click here for a link to the federal agriculture census.