News

It’s Organic

It’s Organic

Photo: Associated Press

Federal statistics show sales from Illinois organic farms more than tripled during a five-year period. Annual organic sales from the state’s farms reached $26.2 million in 2012. That’s up from $8.3 million in 2007.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show sales growth came despite the fact that the overall number of farms in the state fell during the same period. The tabulated figures only include farms with at least $5,000 in annual sales that sell USDA-certified organic products.

Kendra Schilling manages the Illinois Products Farmers’ Market, which opens Thursday at the state fairgrounds. She says the data doesn’t include figures from smaller growers who haven’t gone through the certification process. Illinois’ overall crop sales were $14.1 billion in 2012, while livestock sales reached about $3 billion.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Illinois First State in the Nation to Lock Painkiller Bottles

med bottle lock

The one-year program will put the locks on painkillers that contain hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin or Norco.

in Local

The Du Quoin State Fair is on Now Through Labor Day

du quoin

Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says it's a money windfall for the area.

in Local

Pair of House Fires Look Like Arson but Appear to be Unrelated

fire truck

SPD and SFD continue to investigate the fires which occured within 90 minutes of each other.

in Local

Judge Considers Whether to Dismiss Illinois Head-Injury Suit

ihsa

Cook County Judge Leroy Martin Jr. heard oral arguments Friday.

in Local

Ex-Washington Mayor Don Gronewald Dead at 83

wtax 011015

Gronewald, mayor of the central Illinois town from 1989 to 2001, died Tuesday at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.