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759research highlights© 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.© 2017 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.ORGANIC FARMINGGeography drives agronomyAgroecol. Sustain. Food. Syst. http://doi.org/cc5q (2017)Organic agriculture accounts for only 1% of all farmland in the United States, but is distributed heterogeneously throughout the country with wide regional disparities. Hui-Ju Kuo and David Peters have examined county-level data on the prevalence and progression of organic farms and find that the West Coast, New England, and upper Midwest of the country have the highest intensity of organic agriculture, along with scattered areas of the Mountain West in Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Most counties with a low intensity of organic agriculture fall within the Midwest and Southern regions.The ‘hot-spots’ of organic farming are thought to be determined in part by socio-economic factors such as the existence of co...