US: Production on organic farms has doubled in 5 years

The organic farms in America have stepped up their game between 2012 and 2017. According to the USDA's latest agricultural census, production has more than doubled during that period.

The sales of organic produce totaled $7.3 billion in 2017, which is a 133% increase from 2012. The organic produce was cultivated on  18,166 farms, up from 14,326 in 2012. When taking a closer look at those farms, 17,741 (98%) were USDA-certified as organic, up from 12,771 in 2012. The overall farms in the United States faced a decline of 3.3%, just over 2 million farms are left.

The added value of organic crops can be significant, especially when taking a look on a pound-for-pound basis. For instance, an Indiana farmer was quoted by Bloomberg, saying that food-grade organic corn sells for about $10.50 a bushel, compared to $3.50 for conventional corn.

This is not to say organic farming goes without its challenges. Fields can only be certified as organic after multiple years of excluding any kind of pesticides and artificial fertilizers.


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