The organic industry continues to show rapid growth both domestically and globally with 19,474 certified organic operations in the US and a total of 27,814 certified organic operations around the world, according to USDA.
According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number of US certified organic operations increased by more than 5 percent over the last year. Since the count began in 2002, the number of domestic organic operations has increased by over 250 percent.
“As demand for organic products continues to soar, more and more producers are entering the organic market,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “USDA tools and resources have created opportunities for organic farmers and more options for organic consumers. Growing demand for organic goods can be especially helpful to smaller family operations. The more diverse type of operations and the more growing market sectors we have in American agriculture, the better off our country's rural economy will be.”