Americans have insatiable hunger for organic chicken

Americans have a seemingly insatiable hunger for organic chickens. That’s helping to drive growth in the booming specialty industry for farm products.

U.S. producers sold $750 million of organic chickens last year, surging 78 percent from 2015, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That makes chicken meat the third-largest agricultural commodity, trailing milk at $1.4 billion and eggs at $816 million.

Total organic farm sales were up 23 percent to $7.6 billion. More than a third of the value comes from just one state: California. Acres dedicated to the organic food increased by 15 percent, the report showed.