The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) is a nonprofit that provides education, resources, and practical advice to help farmers grow using sustainable, organic practices. Its premier event, the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference, takes place each February in the Midwest. MOSES also organizes on-farm field days to showcase thriving organic farms, and answers farmers’ questions through the Organic Answer Line (715-778-5775 or 888-551-4769) and online at mosesorganic.org/ask.
To schedule an interview with a MOSES Organic Specialist, a field day host farmer, or a speaker at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, please contact:
Audrey Alwell, Communications Director
firstname.lastname@example.org | 715-778-5775
Number of certified organic operations in U.S.: 24,650 (April 2017)
The USDA-AMS 2016 count of U.S. certified organic farms and businesses reflects a 13 percent increase between the end of 2015 and 2016, continuing the trend of double digit growth in the organic sector.
Consumer demand for organic food and products has grown by double-digits every year since the 1990s.
In 2015, the industry saw its largest dollar gain ever:
$43.3 billion in total organic product sales
That represents a 10.8% gain
For the fourth year running, the industry saw growth in the double digits.
Source: Organic Trade Association
What’s driving this growth?
- More people are becoming aware of the importance of eating healthy food.
- People are connecting the dots between how food is produced and its health benefits.
- People are concerned about the environmental impacts of large-scale conventional and industrial agriculture.
- The debate about labeling GMOs has heightened awareness of this concern, leading more people to organic food to avoid genetically modified ingredients.
2015 USDA National Survey of Organic Producers
(Published September 2016)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) surveyed all known organic producers in the country.
- Organic sales at the first point of sale were $6.2 billion up from $5.5 billion, a 12 percent increase.
2015 U.S. Organic Survey Summary (most recent survey)