By MATT PAUL, Associated PressThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a $1 million organic farm in Owasso near the state’s northwest corner.
Farmers in Owassa, Wyoming (AP Photo/The Denver Post)In late June, the USDA approved a cooperative farm that will be owned by Owasso Dairy and Pastures.
It’s the first time an organic farm has been approved by the USDA for the U.T.O.F. program, which was created in 2013 to help farmers in rural areas to make better use of resources, and is designed to spur more organic farming in areas with limited organic options.
In the past, organic farmers have had to apply for permits from state agencies and pay thousands of dollars to obtain them, often for just a few days.
The USDA approved the Owasso Cooperative Farm as a cooperative under the UT.
Os. program and said it is expected to be operational in October 2018.
The farm will be the first in the U to be operated by USDA, which has been using the UTS program to help organic farmers in the West and Midwest, the agency said.
Organic farming is growing rapidly in rural America, particularly in parts of Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming.
Many organic farms have struggled to attract buyers, with prices being as high as $10,000 per acre, and they are often run by people who are not farmers, the Farm Bureau said.
The Owasso cooperative farm will receive about $500,000 from the USDA’s program.
The agreement includes a 30-year lease and a 10-year cooperative agreement that requires the farm to maintain an organic and environmentally friendly reputation, the farm’s website says.
It will be open to the public during its 10-day open season.