Organic Survey in Process

The USDA is conducting its first ever wide-scale survey of organic farming in America. Tom Vilsack said it is important to find out the growth of organic farming and how it is changing American agriculture. According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture 20,000 U.S. farms were organic producers.
“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.”
The survey will look at 2008 from production and marketing practices to income and expenses. It will look at those in the organic market as well as those making the transition. The results of the survey will be used in the future to shape policies, set funding allocations, availability of services, community development and any other issues. It will also help other farmers plan their businesses.
The survey will be mailed out by mid-May and must be returned by June 17.
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