Organic milk steers Marin farm production to record $101 million
photo credit: Robert Tong — Marin IJ file photo
By Nels Johnson
Marin Independent Journal, 7/18/2015
In the two decades since the Straus Dairy in Marshall was the first in the West to become certified organic, most others in the region have followed, creating a cash cow that gets bigger every year.
With 25 of Marin’s 29 dairies now organic, the value of organic milk production is soaring, rocketing 61 percent last year to $33.6 million for the milk product equivalent of about 12.6 million gallons.
At the same time, the value of conventional milk production in Marin plummeted 57 percent to $5.7 million in 2014. [...]