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Organic farmers honored

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Organic farming in Wisconsin has taken a big step forward, as the state's agricultural education group plans to honor a member who's proficient in the movement. The Wisconsin F-F-A will present its first Organic Proficiency Award at its state convention next June. The Organic Valley co-op of La Farge is helping the F-F-A recognize a young farmer-member who shows proficiency in either organic entrepreneurship or placement.

The award is being introduced at sectional F-F-A leadership workshops around the state this month. Organic farming has become popular over the last two decades. It relies on natural farming techniques with strict limits on the use of manufactured aids like fertilizers, pesticides, and plant growth regulators.

Meanwhile, Organic Valley is also working with the National F-F-A on a new proficiency award, in an effort to promote the movement among young farmers across the country.