The number of USDA Certified Organic Farms in Virginia is up 19 percent over 2015, ranking the Commonwealth 22nd in the country.
Elaine Lidholme is Director of Communications for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and says the move is market driven. “There are people out there to whom organic is so important that they are willing to pay more for it.”
This includes both crops and livestock.
“The farmer has to go through a lot of steps. It does not mean pesticides are prohibited, it does mean you have to use certain types.”