The number of acres in Indiana devoted to organic crops is increasing… but at a much slower rate than all the surrounding states. A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the rate of growth in Indiana this year has been 2 percent. That compares to 25 percent growth in Ohio, 30 percent in Illinois and 160- percent growth in Kentucky.
Greenwood based Ecocert certifies organic farming products. Certification officer George Kalogridis says Indiana is still climbing back from a double digit decline in organic acreage in 2008, when the recession hit.
He says many farmers moved out of organic production, but he thinks things are beginning to turn around.
“So a lot of farmers that have gone out of organic have contacting Ecocert ICO and asking how they can get back in,” Kalogridis said. “So we are expecting an increase in organic acreage in the coming years.”
Kalogridis says acreages in Indiana compared to other states is also lower because those states began supporting organic products much earlier than the Hoosier state.