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State to help organic farm expand

Farm buildings - KELO file photo
Farm buildings - KELO file photo

CASHTON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)   The nation's largest organic food cooperative is getting more help with an expansion project in western Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker said yesterday that the state would kick in $1.4-million for road work at the Organic Valley facility. The farmer-owned co-op is spending $25-million to build new headquarters and an expanded distribution center at Cashton in Monroe County.

Walker says the project will add close to 340 new jobs at Organic Valley, and will indirectly support another 360 jobs. Organic Valley is the nation's largest handler of organic milk. It also distributes organic meat, eggs, and juice.

The state grant will help Cashton pay for about $3.2-million in road amenities.