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USDA Conducting National Survey of Organic Agriculture
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/24/2017

To learn more about the trends of the nation's organic agricultural sector, the USDA's National Ag Statistics Service is now conducting the 2016 Organic Survey. Starting in February, the agency will begin gathering up-to-date data on certified organic crops and livestock in the United States. This survey effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production across the nation.

NASS is mailing the survey to all known certified organic farms. The form asks producers to provide information on acreage, production, and sales for a variety of certified organic crop and livestock commodities.

"Organic agriculture is a rapidly growing segment of the industry and Wisconsin ranks second in total number of certified organic operations with just over 1,200 operations certified, approximately 9.5-percent of the national total," said Wisconsin Ag Statistician Greg Bussler. "Last year, NASS reported that Wisconsin's certified organic farms sold a total of $222.4 million in organic products with milk, corn and cattle as the highest grossing commodities. As farm sales from organic products increase, demand for accurate statistics about organic farming grows as well."

Producers can fill out the survey online via a secure website or return their form by mail. NASS is required by law to keep all individual information confidential.

The results of the survey's findings will be made available in September.

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