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Organic: A Thriving Agriculture Segment
by Terry Matlock, NASS Public Affairs Specialist in Research and Science

U.S. Department of Agriculture    Translate This Article
28 October 2020

On 28 October 2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture reported: Have you noticed, while in your local grocery store, that you have been seeing more organic products? This growing segment of [US] agriculture is more prevalent now than it was just a decade ago and we have the data to show it. ... we can see a 17 percent increase in the number of certified farms in the U.S. between 2016 and 2019. In 2008, there were around 11,000 certified farms. Fast forward to 2019 and there are more than 16,500. If you look at sales, there was a 31 percent increase from 2016 to 2019. Total sales of organics in 2019 reached an all-time high of $9.9 billion. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Since the first National Agricultural Statistics Service organic survey in 2008, the number of organic farms, the acres used for organic production, and the value of organic products sold have increased, with value of sales more than tripling between 2008 and 2019.

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