Agriculture Fact Book 2000 (Agriculture Fact Book, 2000) by US Department of Agriculture

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This can be a softcover publication released November, 2000, by way of the USDA workplace of Communications.

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Nearly half the States were raising certified organic livestock. Colorado and Alaska had the largest amount of organic pasture and rangeland. S. governmental efforts to facilitate organic production have focused primarily on developing national certification standards to assure consumers that these commodities meet a consistent standard and to streamline interstate commerce in organically grown agricultural products. It was private organizations, mostly nonprofits, which began developing certification standards in the early 1970’s as a way to support organic farming and thwart consumer fraud.

47 in metro areas. Although the program benefits rural areas nationwide, the highest benefits, in per capita dollars, were in low-income areas, such as in the South, and in rapidly growing areas, such as in the West. The section 502 guaranteed loan program requires less Federal money but finances more homes because loans are made at market interest rates and receive no interest subsidy. 2 billion in singlefamily home loans, up 7 percent from 1999. 71), however the distribution of program benefits shows a different regional pattern, with benefits generally higher in the North than in the South.

Agriculture during the 1990’s, and producers, exporters, and retailers are still struggling to meet consumer demand for a wide range of organic products. Certified organic cropland more than doubled in the United States during the 1990’s, and two organic livestock sectors—eggs and dairy—grew even faster. Organic produce, milk, eggs, pasta, frozen dinners, and pharmaceuticals are among the many items that consumers count on finding in natural foods supermarkets and are beginning to expect in mainstream supermarkets as well.

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