Organic farmers to harvest record acres in 2019
Organic agriculture is growing – in 2019, 8.3 million acres were planted and certified organic in the US. This equates to 18,155 organic farms and a 3% jump from 2018. Mercaris, a leading data provider for organic and non-gmo markets, recently released their Annual Acreage Report and Organic Farm Heat Map, which highlights density and distribution of US organic farm operations.
Highlights of the report include:
- Organic grain farmers will harvest a record amount of acres in 2019, measuring in at 3.1 million acres.
- This represents a 7% increase in organic field crop production from 2018.
- The largest increases in organic harvested field crop acres this year were in the West and High Plains.
Read the press announcement about the Annual Acreage Report from Mercaris here.