USDA Releases Survey Results on 2008 Organic Production


With organic production on the rise across the United States, the USDA has released survey results about the state of Colorado’s Organic Production farms.  According to Bill Meyer, director of the Colorado Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, “This (survey) was an opportunity for organic producers to share their voices and help ensure the continued growth and sustainability of organic farming in the United States.”  Some interesting facts about Colorado’s 2008 Organic Production include:

  • In 2008, there were 220 certified organic farms (including those exempt from certification) with thirty-four percent being new within the last 10 years.
  • Twenty-eight percent of first point sales were down within 100 miles of the farm, while 47% were done nationally
  • 41,830 tons of organic dry hay was harvested from 13,711 acres while 553,443 bushels of organic winter wheat were harvested from 23,179 acres
  • Organic beef cows peaked at 973 head for 2008, while all other organic cattle and calves peaked at 4,630 head
  • The total value of sales from organic farms in 2008 Colorado was $70.2 million, with crops making up 54% of this value. 
  • Total expenses reached $61.7 million, with the average cost to each farm being $283, 040
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