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Blank place holder.Consumer demand drives growth in the organic food sector – Markets for organic vegetables, fruits, and herbs have been increasing for decades in the United States. Although the annual growth rate for organic food sales fell from the double-digit range in 2008 as the U.S. economy slowed, its 7.4-percent growth rate in 2012 was more than double the annual growth rate forecast for all food sales in 2012.  As of the end of 2014, there were 19,474 organic farms and handling facilities in the United States certified to the USDA organic standards, a growth of 5.2% over 2013. 

Virginia Organic Agriculture – Census of Agriculture Report 2007

USDA Organic Production Survey - The 2008 Organic Production Survey provides acreage, production, and sales data for a variety of organic crop and livestock commodities as well as information on organic production expenses and organic production and marketing practices. It is the first organic production and practices survey conducted on the national level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

2015 Organic Certification Cost Share Program


Organic Certification in Virginia
Virginia Certified Organic Resource Guide
Virginia Certified Organic Producers

Organic Resources

New food safety tool for organic fruit processors
Scientists at Washington State University have shown that ultraviolet C (UVC) light is effective against foodborne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits.

NOP issues memo on biodegradable bio-based mulch films
Recently, NOP issued a memo regarding the availability of a new summary report on biodegradable bio-based mulch film. The memo and report come after NOP’s policy memo issued this past winter that clarified the review requirements for biodegradable mulch films recently allowed in organic production.

NRCS EQIP: What You Need to Know About the Organic Initiative
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program is administered by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The program provides assistance for new and existing organic producers to implement conservation practices new to their farm, including conservation crop rotations, cover cropping, nutrient management, pest management, prescribed grazing, and forage harvest management. The EQIP Organic Initiative provides financial and technical support to help producers plan and implement conservation practices to support their organic operations in being more environmentally sustainable.

Opportunities in Agriculture ~ Transitioning to Organic Production

Organic farming methods reduce water pollution
A recent study published in Sustainable Agriculture Research has found that organic farming methods can be used to reduce water pollution in U.S waterways.

Organic Initiative at a Glance and other NRCS Programs

The Profit Potential of Certified Organic Field Crop Production
This study uses data from targeted surveys of organic corn, wheat, and soybean production in an observational analysis of cost-of-production differences between conventional and organic crop production systems. Findings of this research suggest that significant economic returns are possible from organic crop production, mainly due to organic price premiums. To read the report, visit the USDA Economic Research Service's website. 

The Organic Center -  The Organic Center’s mission is to generate credible, peer reviewed scientific information and communicate the benefits of organic farming and products to society.

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