Where are Organic Farms and Organic Handlers?

The maps below are an attempt to help you see and know what and where organic in Texas is located. There is a lot going on in this $1 Billion dollar a year industry! You can click on the individual maps to see a larger picture.

This map of organic farms across the state of Texas gives you an up-close look at where organic farms are located. As you can see there are 215 farms or 56% of all organic farms located from the South Plains to the High Plains. These farms are mostly cotton and peanuts with a huge concentration of dairies located in an area west of Amarillo. The rice belt includes farms on either side of Houston and these farms do other organic crops in rotation with rice. Vegetable/fruit farms can be found in many places in the state but there is a concentration in the Rio Grande Valley.

Most folks don’t even think about organic handlers or what their business might be. I will call your attention to a blog post I wrote about organic handlers a few weeks ago. Organic Handlers

This group buys farm products from organic producers or perhaps they manufacture an organic product for use on an organic farm. Basically, they are in the organic business and are regulated like an organic farm. Organic begins on the farm in the soil and stays organic till it is packaged!

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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