USDA: Record number of U.S. organic producers

USDA: Record number of U.S. organic producers

According to the USDA, there are 19,474 certified organic operations in the U.S. and 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally.

According to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program, there are 19,474 certified organic operations in the U.S. and 27,814 certified organic operations around the world.

The number of domestic certified organic operations increased by more than 5 percent over the last year. Since 2002, the number of domestic organic operations has increased by more than 250 percent.

"As demand for organic products continues to soar, more and more producers are entering the organic market," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “USDA tools and resources have created opportunities for organic farmers and more options for organic consumers.”

The certified operations list is available at apps.ams.usda.gov/nop.

www.usda.gov/organic

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