USDA Organic Survey to Determine Organic Crop Insurance Payment Levels

The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent the 2015 Certified Organic Survey to all known organic farms in the United States earlier this year. This survey requests information on acreage, production, and sales for a variety of certified organic crop and livestock commodities.

Of the many surveys organic farmers receive, this survey stands out in importance because the data collected will help determine the value for covered crop losses under federal crop insurance policies.

Historically, crop insurance has only reimbursed organic producers for the value of their crops in conventional markets. However, USDA is continually updating the types of crops covered by organic crop insurance and the value for which crop losses will be compensated.

The survey will also document the continuing growth of organic farming in the United States. Previous organic surveys showed a 72% increase in organic crop and livestock sales between 2008 and 2014.

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is administering the survey and requests that responses be submitted by February 19, 2016. The agency will follow up via mail and phone with those who have not responded by that date.

You can access the survey online or simply mail in the survey you received in the mail. All submitted information is strictly confidential.

Learn more about the 2015 Certified Organic Survey.