New data released from the 2012 Census of Agriculture shows that certified organic agriculture producers are younger, beginning farmers who sell directly to consumers and produce on-farm renewable energy. Earlier this year, the Census reported that total organic product sales by farms in the U.S. increased 83 percent since 2007. About 42 percent of organic farms reported direct sales to consumers, while demographically, the average organic producer was a beginning farmer with 27 percent starting a farm in the last 10 years. Organic operators were younger than conventional farmers with 26 percent under the age of 45. Read more.
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