February 9, 2016
The 2015 Certified Organic Survey, which collects data on acreage, production, and sales for a variety of certified organic crop and livestock commodities, is now underway via the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Certified organic crop and livestock producers have until February 19, 2016 to submit their data by mail or to complete the survey online. After February 19, NASS will follow up directly with organic producers in order to ensure thorough data collection.
Results from the 2015 Organic Production Survey will be released in September 2016.
Why is the Organic Production Survey Important?
The survey is a critical tool for the organic community because the data collected help guide planning and monitor growth. According to the USDA, the results from these surveys are “also used to help shape decisions regarding farm policy, funding allocations, availability of goods and services, community development and other key issues”. For instance:
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) strongly encourages all organic farmers and livestock producers to contribute to the 2015 survey so that this valuable public information resource will be as accurate and useful as possible.