Eau Claire (WQOW) - Wisconsin ranks second in the nation for the number of organic farms.
That's according to the latest U.S. Census of Agriculture, which is conducted every five years.
Over 1,200 of the state's farms are certified as organic operations. That's about two percent of all Wisconsin's farms.
California is at the top of the list, with close to 2,700 organic farms. But officials with the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service said the number makes sense, given California's larger size and population.
Farmers like Kristina Beuning, who for the last 17 years has owned and operated Sunbow Farm in Eau Claire, said the decision to go organic was never a question.
"The primary reason why I started this was because I had young children and I really wanted them to be able to eat healthily," Buening said. "So to me, it was a no-brainer, I wasn't gonna do anything else."
Buening said that while extra work goes into the initial process of turning a farm organic, she believes it gives the farm a longer chance of staying in business for generations to come, due to healthier soil and nutrients going into the crops.
She added that in her opinion, the reason Wisconsin ranks number two is because of resources provided by MOSES, which has been offering education and resources since 1990 and is based out of Spring Valley.