New Certified Organic Survey Shows National Growth with California Leading the Way

New statistics released by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) show that the total value of certified organic agricultural products sold in the United States increased from $5.5 billion in 2014 to $6.2 billion in 2015, a 13 percent increase. The number of certified organic farms and organic acreage also increased between 2014-2015.

Once more, California is the top state for organic agricultural production, with $2.4 billion in sales (40% of the total) in 2015. Washington state is a distant second with $626 million. California also has the largest number of certified organic acres–790,000–and number of organic farms.

California is also #1 in certified organic crop sales (51 percent of the total); in certified organic livestock and poultry product (milk and eggs) sales (17 percent of the total); and in certified livestock and poultry sales (42 percent of the total).

Top selling organic crops in the United States were apples ($302 million), lettuce ($262 million), grapes ($210 million), and spinach ($154 million).

The top three livestock and poultry products were milk ($1.17 billion), eggs ($732 million), and broiler chickens ($420 million).

This is the fourth organic survey conducted by NASS. It reports exclusively on certified organic production. Read the full 2015 Certified Organic Survey Report, highlights from it, an Executive Briefing, and FAQs on the study.