FARGO, N.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has released the results of its 2016 Certified Organic Survey. Certified organic operations in North Dakota sold a total of $22.7 million in organic products in 2016, up 7 percent compared to 2015. The number of certified organic operations in North Dakota totaled 114, up 14 percent from last year.
The 2016 Certified Organic Survey is a census of all known U.S. farmers and ranchers with certified organic production in 2016. The survey collected acreage, production, and sales data for a variety of certified organic crop and livestock commodities.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Dairy farmers are no strangers to hard work, but Jennifer and Andrew Holle are proving the extent of their work ethic by adding long distance runs to their to-do list as they gear up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 8th.
Sponsored by the Midwest Dairy Council, the Holles will join 25 other runners as part of a national Fuel Up to Play 60 team. Additionally, the couple has also been chosen by Midwest Dairy to be featured in a social media campaign that will allow the Holles to give followers an inside look at how they are not only preparing for the race, but also the ways in which they integrate health and wellness into their daily lives and encourage others to do the same.
Jennifer and Andrew Holle own and operate Northern Lights Dairy in Mandan, ND. The farm milks 600 cows, three times per day, in the only 36-stall rotary parlor in the state of North Dakota. Despite early morning chores, long days, and unpredictable schedules - they've found a way to make their health a priority. The Holles have been avid athletes for much of their lives, and have pushed to make fitness a family effort, oftentimes engaging their four children in mile-long runs to the mailbox and back, and encouraging the kids to be active in sports.
"Running and physical fitness have always been a family affair," says Jennifer. "We cherish these bonding moments with our kids on our farm, and the kids know there's always a nice cold glass of chocolate milk waiting at home to refuel after our runs."
From homemade granola to garden-fresh berries, the Holles do everything they can to ensure their bodies are in tip-top shape for both running on pavement and running a farm. Refueling with chocolate milk also gives them essential nutrients for replenishing tired muscles.
Much like farm work, the Holles know that their health takes commitment every day, and this fall they look forward to seeing their persistence pay off as they encourage others to choose healthy habits of their own.
To learn more about the Holles' journey to the marathon finish line and get an inside peek to life on a farm, visit MidwestDairy.com, or follow along on social media with the hashtag #HolleMarathonHustle.
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