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Organic sales, farms up double digits, but acreage rises only high singles –

“Since the first organic survey in 2008, the number of organic farms, the acres used or organic production and the value of organic products sold have all increased, with the value of sales more than tripling between 2008 to 2019,”​ the US Department of Agricultures notes in its 2019 Organic Survey released last week.

A closer look reveals that farmgate sales of certified organic commodities increased a whopping 31% in 2019 compared to 2016, led by a 44% increase in livestock and poultry sales worth $1.66b, followed by a 38% increase in crops to $5.78b and a 12% increase in livestock and poultry products to $2.47b, according to the report.

This growth resulted in a “banner year”​ for organic sales at retail in 2019, which increased 5% from the previous year to a record $55.1b, according to OTA’s 2020 Organic Industry Survey​ released in June.

Top-selling organic commodities in 2019 according to USDA include milk, which increased 14% from 2016 to $1.58b, lettuce, which jumped 44% to reach $400m, apples, which jumped 45% to $475m. In livestock and poultry, sales of broiler chickens led with $1.1b – up 49% from 2016. Field crops saw a 70% increase in corn for grain to $278m.

The fastest growing organic commodities from 2016 to 201 include blueberries (up 104% to $205m), raspberries (up 197% to $92m) and turkeys (up 68% to $139m), according to USDA.

Organic farms, acreage up

In the same period, USDA reports that farms producing certified organic commodities increased 17% to 16,585 and acreage increased 9% to 5.5 million.

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