by Tom Alexander on May 7, 2009
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct the first-ever, wide scale survey of organic farming in the United States, according to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The survey hopes to find out how the rapid growth of organic farming is changing the face of U.S. agriculture.
“The Organic Production Survey is a direct response to the growing interest in organics among consumers, farmers, and businesses,” said Vilsack. “This is an opportunity for organic producers to share their voices and help ensure the continued growth and sustainability of organic farming in the United States.”
In the 2007 Census of Agriculture there were counted more than 20,000 U.S. farms engaged in organic production.
Since then, many more organic farms have come into production and the survey looks to find out how much of an increase occurred.
For more information on the organic farming survey, go to the USDA web site for The Census of Agriculture.
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