California’s total gross value of sales of organically produced commodities, at $1.39 billion dollars, was 39.3 percent of the total gross value of U.S. sales. All organic fruit, excluding berries, totaled $304 million dollars, compared with the U.S. total of $495 million dollars. The value of sales for organic tree nuts totaled 85.1 percent of the U.S. total of $47.0 million dollars. Nearly 70.0 percent of all U.S. organic berry sales, valued at $125 million dollars, were produced in California. California’s organic vegetable total gross value of sales, at $629 million dollars, was 58.7 percent of all U.S. sales. Organic field crops were valued at $56.1 million dollars compared with $465 million dollars nationally. California had the largest organic milk cowherd and chicken laying flock, at 16.5 percent and 13.4 percent of the U.S. inventory, respectively. California also produced the most organic milk and eggs in the U.S., at 469 million pounds and 18.1 million dozens of organic eggs, respectively. Additionally, California had the largest inventory for organic beef cows, other cattle, sheep and lambs, broiler type chickens and turkeys.
The 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey provides acreage, production, and sales data for a variety of certified organic crops and inventory and sales data for certified organic livestock commodities. The 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey includes all known farm operators who produce certified organic crops and/or livestock. This survey was done in conjunction with USDA’s Risk Management Agency to aid in improving insurance products for organic agriculture.