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Since U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service implemented the organic regulations the U.S. organic sector has tripled

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service implemented the organic regulations in 2002, the U.S. organic sector has tripled in size to more than 22,000 certified organic operations with over $43 billion in U.S. retail sales. Demand for organic products is expected to continue growing. This strong consumer demand outruns supply, providing market opportunities within the organic sector.

USDA offers many resources for organic producers and businesses — including organic certification cost share assistance, organic price reporting, conservation programs and more — to facilitate growth within the organic sector. Assistance is also provided to producers transitioning to organic production, and work to facilitate international trade.

During this administration, the USDA has worked to strengthen the USDA Organic Working Group — an internal information-sharing group who come together to coordinate USDA programs and services to support the organic sector. Additionally, Secretary Tom Vilsack issued guidance to all USDA agencies affirming the department-wide commitment to the organic sector.

Since 2009, the Natural Resource Conservation Service has worked with more than 6,800 organic farms and provided more than $115 million in assistance through its organic initiative. The Farm Service Agency continues to act as a bridge to all USDA opportunities, and recently set a goal of enrolling 20,000 organic acres in conservation buffers through the Conservation Reserve Program. Earlier this month, the National Agricultural Statistics Service published results from its fourth organic producer survey, showing a significant increase in organic farm receipts and reflecting updated data on prices, farming practices, and conservation practices.

Demand for organic products is not limited to the U.S. domestic market. The global organic market includes over 31,000 certified operations and is valued at nearly $80 billion annually. Organic trade continues to expand to meet the demands of the organic market.

— U.S. Department of Agriculture

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