California, with $2.9 billion in certified organic sales, continued to lead the nation in certified sales, accounting for 38% of the U.S. total. It also had the largest share of certified organic acres and farms.
Ten states accounted for 77% of U.S. certified organic sales, which was virtually the same share compared to 2015 and 2014.
The results from the survey also included:
The top organic commodities in 2016 were:
Other top organic crops were strawberries, grapes, tomatoes, corn, potatoes, hay, spinach, and mushrooms.
The survey is a census of all known U.S. farmers and ranchers with certified organic production in 2016. Producers must meet the standards set out by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program and be certified compliant by an approved agent of the program.
NASS & USDA (2017). 2016 Sales of U.S. Certified Organic Agricultural Production Up 23 Percent from Previous Year. [online] Available at: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Newsroom/2017/09_20_2017.php [Accessed 28 Sep. 2017].
USDA. (2017). Certified Organic Survey. [online] Available at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/nass/OrganicProduction//2010s/2017/OrganicProduction-09-20-2017.pdf [Accessed 28 Sep. 2017].
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