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September 13, 2017

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Organic Growth: More Farms Transitioning in Iowa, Ill., Wis.

Iowa Sees 42% Increase from 2008-2015

By John Kruse, TH Media

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Organic farmer Marvin Lynch chops corn in this field near Cascade, Iowa.

CASCADE, Iowa — Kim and Marvin Lynch's dairy farm in Cascade was certified as organic in 2009, but the process wasn't easy.

The Lynches had to discontinue using fertilizers, insecticides and synthetic herbicides in the fields of their third-generation farm for three years before it could be certified. Their cows could no longer be given a regular regimen of antibiotics.

Kim Lynch said the transition was challenging, but since then, her family's farm has flourished.

"It's definitely more labor-intensive. It's also more financially stable," she said. "Our only regret is that we didn’t do it earlier."

The Lynches are part of a growing trend in the tri-state area of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.

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