Sep 30, 2016 10:39:00 PM / by Admin
- The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2015 Certified Organic Survey. The survey, an inventory of all known certified organic producers in the United States, provides detailed data to define the scope and economic impact of certified organic production in the United States.
Several highlights from the study include:
- Certified organic farms operated 4.4M acres of certified land in 2015, up 20% from 2014.
- Of the $6.2B in organic commodities sold, $3.5B (57%) came from organic crops, $1.9B (31%) from organic livestock and poultry products (primarily milk and eggs), and $0.7B (12%) from organic livestock and poultry.
- California ($2.4B), Washington ($626M) and Pennsylvania ($332M) were the top states for organic sales in 2015.
- States varied in how organic producers market and sell their goods. The percent of farms selling directly to consumers was highest in southeastern and northeastern states and lowest in central states.
- Three-fourths of certified farms sold some or all of their organic products within a 100-mile radius of the farm,
Read the whole study at https://www.nass.usda.gov/Surveys/Guide_to_NASS_Surveys/Organic_Production/index.php