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USDA Conducting National Survey of Organic Agriculture
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/26/2019

To learn more about the trends of the nation's organic agricultural sector, the USDA's National Ag Statistics Service will soon be conducting the 2019 Organic Survey. Starting in December, 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 the nation, with just over 1,500 organic operations," said Wisconsin Ag Statistician Greg Bussler. "According to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, Wisconsin's organic farms sold nearly $250 million in organic products. 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 next fall.

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