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By Deborah Kades, The Wisconsin State Journal Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jan. 6--LA FARGE, Wis.--Thanks to a small segment of consumers who want milk from cows raised on pasture and without synthetic growth hormones, there is one group of happy dairy farmers in Wisconsin.
While conventional dairy farmers received a base price of $9.74 per hundred pounds for their milk in December, $18.45 was the base price for the organic farmers who sell their milk to Organic Valley Family of Farms, based in this town of 775 people 90 miles northwest of Madison.
This farmer-owned cooperative, which started with seven farmers and a truck in 1988, has ridden the cresting wave of consumer interest in organic food, particularly dairy …