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First wide-scale survey of organic producers by USDA

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The 2007 Census of Agriculture registered more than 20,000 organic farms in the USA. The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service has now revealed that it will conduct its first wide-scale survey of organic agricultural producers and producers in transition to learn more about how the growth of organic farming is changing the face of agriculture in the country. NASS will mail the Organic Production Survey in early May to all known organic producers in the United States. They are required to respond by June 17. Results are expected to be available in late 2009.

According to Stephen Ropel, director of the NASS New York Field Office, the Organic Production Survey comes in direct response to the growing interest in organics among consumers, farmers, businesses and others. He sees this as an opportunity for organic producers to share their voices and help to ensure the continued growth and sustainability of organic production in the United States.The survey will look at many aspects of organic agriculture during 2008 - from production and marketing practices to income and expenses, Observer reports. Mr Ropel continues that the results will help shape future decisions regarding farm policy, funding allocations, availability of goods and services, community development and other key issues and that the information can help organic producers make informed decisions about the future of their own farming operations. More information on the survey is available at




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