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stay with that farm, Ramirez said.

Opportunities for Organics

Meeting export demand for organically

grown food is an opportunity for

California growers. The Benefits Report

notes that Canada and Mexico are the

biggest export markets for organically

grown food, but more than 104 different

countries are also buying California

products.

Opportunities in organic production

are attracting the next generation of

U.S. famers. Proportionally, more

new and beginning farmers—those

who have been principal operators of

their farms for ten years or less—are

starting organic farms than are starting

conventional farms. In California

32 percent of organic farmers are

beginning farmers compared to 26.5

percent in conventional production. The

beginning farmers also are less likely to

need off-farm income with an organic

system, even though they tend to farm

fewer acres.

The full Benefits Report can be read on

line at ccof.org/roadmap.

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