The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey, a yearly census taken to gather new data on certified crops and livestock commodities in the U.S.
"In recent years, U.S. farms and ranches have experienced tremendous growth in certified organic agriculture sales. Last year, NASS reported that U.S. certified organic producers sold a total of $6.2 billion in products in 2015, up 13 percent since 2014," said Adam Cline, NASS census section head, in a news release. "As sales from certified organic agriculture products increase, demand for accurate statistics about certified organic farming grows. This survey will be another step forward by USDA in its commitment to helping certified organic agriculture thrive and will ensure that future decisions impacting the industry stem from factual information."
The 2016 Certified Organic Survey will provide information for USDA's Risk Management Agency to evaluate crop insurance coverage allowing for adequate pricing for organic producers. The report will be released September 2017.
Certified Organic growers were invited to participate using a survey ID sent in the mail. To replace that ID or for any other questions, email [email protected]. More information can be found at www.nass.usda.gov/surveys.