Double Digit Growth Continues for Organic Sector


New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released this week shows double digit growth in the organic sector—an increase of 13 percent between the end of 2015 and 2016. According to USDA there are now 24,650 certified organic operations in the United States and 37,032 around the world.

Organic certification is an “opt-in” voluntary standard managed through a public-private partnership. The USDA accredits and oversees approximately 80 businesses and State governments that directly certify organic farms and businesses. The complete list of certified organic farms and businesses is available through the Organic Integrity Database of certified operations maintained by USDA-accredited certifying agents.

For over 26 years, OFRF has been funding research and advocating for programs and policies that improve the success of organic farmers. In 2016, OFRF updated its National Organic Research Agenda (NORA), which provides a comprehensive analysis of the challenges facing today’s organic farmers and the top priorities for future research. More than 1,000 organic farmers and ranchers across the U.S. participated in OFRF's online survey. Additional input was gathered through 21 listening sessions. 

The 2016 National Organic Research Agenda report is available to download at

Taking Stock: Analyzing and Reporting Organic Research Investments, 2002-2014 and Impacts of OFRF Grants: 2006-2014 are also available to download at

All OFRF-funded research results are also freely available in OFRF's online searchable database at

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