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With Organic Demand on the Rise, USDA Launches Organic Survey

By cptp | 9:27 AM, 01/29/2015

The USDA just launched an Organic Survey to try and gather data on organic agriculture production in the U.S. This survey was created as a result of a growing demand for organic products and information; producers who receive it are urged to respond. This crucial data will help determine the economic impact of organic production and will lead to the development of services and programs to support organic crop and livestock producers.

“Total organic product sales by farms and ranches in the United States have continued to grow over the last few years, increasing by 83% between 2007 and 2012,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.

This increase shows that there is a dynamic shared interest and market incentive in organic agriculture among consumers, producers, and businesses. USDA believes these survey results will be instrumental in capturing support of the private and public sectors to continue growth in the industry.
The survey explores multiple areas of organic agriculture in 2014 including marketing, production, income and expenses. The survey includes organic producers that are certified, exempt from certification, and transitioning to certified organic production.

The survey is available online at, www.agcensus.usda.gov until April 3, 2015, or farmers and ranchers can return their forms by mail no later than Feb. 13, 2015. Federal law (Title 7, U.S. Code) requires National Agricultural Statistics Service to keep all individual information confidential.

The USDA Organic Working Group will host a free webinar on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET. to discuss the survey.

Step 1: Dial 866-740-1260
Access Code: 7202000
Step 2: Access on the web-
Meeting URL: http://www.readytalk.com