Yesterday, the USDA released updated figures on the number of certified organic farms in the United States in 2016.
Growth Rate in the Number of Organic Farms in US
According to the report, there were 24,650 certified organic farms in the United States. This represented a 13% increase. There were a total 37,032 USDA certified organic operations across the world.
These figures do not reflect small organic operations that have gross sales of less than $5,000 . These farms are exempt from USDA certification. They are not allowed to use the Certified USDA organic seal on their products. For more information about exempted organic operations, see the USDA frequently asked questions about exempt organic operations sheet.
The USDA maintains an Organic Integrity database as a tool to helpt fight fraud and to help everyone determine whether an operation is USDA certified organic. The database was first published in 2015.
Information current as of April 20, 2017