Organic crops worth $244M to farmers

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- A new study has found that the value of certified organic crops to farmers rose 16 percent in 2010, to a total of $244.6 million.

The study was conducted by the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and released on Wednesday.

It also found that the amount of certified organic crop acreage and the number of certified organic farms in Washington state decreased.

Eastern Washington accounted for 76 percent of organic farm sales in 2010, the most recent year available.

Grant County repeated as the state's leading producer of organic crops, with $64 million in farm sales, more than the next three counties combined.