USDA Releases 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey
U.S. organic farmers sold more than $3.5 billion organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011, according to the results of the “2011 Certified Organic Production Survey,” which was recently released by the Agriculture Department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. NASS conducted the survey for USDA’s Risk Management Agency to help refine federal crop insurance products for organic producers.
This is the first time USDA has conducted a survey focused solely on USDA-certified organic producers. According to Hubert Hamer, chairman of NASS’s Agricultural Statistics Board, the survey results will enable policymakers to better assess the Federal Crop Insurance program and how it influences the organic industry.
Corn leads organic field crops in sales and accounted for more than $101.5 million in 2011. The only other field crops to have more than $50 million in sales were alfalfa, dry hay and winter wheat, accounting for $69.5 million and $54 million in sales, respectively.