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A number of statistical updates on the U.S. organic sector related have recently been released or will be published soon.

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60 percent of the U.S. certified organic fruit and vegetable area in California

Approximately 60 percent of U.S. certified organic fruit and vegetable acreage was in California in 2011.  The top certifier of organic fruit and vegetable crops in California, California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), reports an 18 percent increase in certified organic fruit acreage between 2011 and 2014, to nearly 60,000 certified acres in 2014 (approx. 24,000 hectares).  CCOF reports a 60 percent increase in vegetable acreage during this period, to nearly 136,000 acres (approx. 55,000 hectares) in 2014  (Source: CCOF Statistics at a Glance).

U.S. sales of organic fluid milk products increased 25 percent between 2010 and 2013
    
According to USDA's Federal Milk Marketing Statistics, the volume of U.S. sales of organic fluid milk products increased 25 percent between 2010 and 2013, to 2.3 million pounds (approx 1 million metric tons).  The organic market share of U.S. fluid milk sales increased from 3.3 percent in 2010 to 4.4 percent in 2013, and was over 5 percent during the first half of 2014, see file " Estimated U.S. sales of organic and total fluid milk products, monthly and annual, 2006-13" at the organic prices page of the ERS website (link below). A detailed analysis of the data by Catherine Greene and William McBride is available in a recent article in  the Choices magazine (Consumer Demand for Organic Milk Continues to Expand - Can the U.S. Dairy Sector Catch Up?)

Data from the National Organic Producer Survey to be published soon

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2014 National Organic Producer Survey as a follow-up to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, and it will publish results in August 2015. The 2014 Survey will included findings on organic production and marketing practices, the value of sales for various crop and livestock specialties, and other information about the U.S. organic farm sector.  The latest U.S. figures on the organic area and producers based on certifier data are from 2011. These data were compiled by the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the United States Department of  Agriculture USDA). The next data update has not yet been scheduled.  

Contact

  • Catherine Greene, Economic Research Service of the United States Department of  Agriculture (USDA)

Weblinks

COOF statistics

Organic prices and organic milk report

Agricultural census

Data on organic agriculture

United States of America at Organic-World.net

Contact

Catherine Greene
Economic Research Service
USDA
1800 M Street NW
20036-5831, Washington, DC
US
Tel. +1 202-694-5110
cgreene(at)ers.usda.gov
www.ers.usda.gov/Data/Organic/

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