Organic Survey: Certified Organic Acreage in California Tops 1 Million Acres; Sales Approach $3 Billion

Results of the newly released 2016 Certified Organic Survey provide numerous indicators of organic’s continuing growth trajectory in the United States.
Organic farms in the United States produced and sold $7.6 billion worth of organic products in 2016, a 23 percent increase from 2015 organic sales. Organic farm numbers increased 11 percent to 14,217 certified organic farms and ranches, and organic acreage grew by 15 percent to 5 million acres.
Once again, California is the top organic state in terms of organic sales, farm numbers, and acreage. 
  • In 2016, California produced 38 percent of total U.S. farm commodity value, with $2.9 billion in organic crops, poultry, livestock, and dairy products sold. 
  • The number of certified organic farms in California increased by 3 percent between 2015-2016 to 2,713 farms, reversing the trend documented between 2014-2015 of a decrease in organic farms in the state.
  • For the first time, organic farms and ranches in California exceeded 1 million acres under certification, with 1,070,000 certified organic acres. 
The latest certified organic survey was conducted by USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, which has surveyed organic farmers and ranchers over each of the past three years. The national organic surveys provide a treasure trove of organic information, including organic production, sales, and acreage in every state.