The Size of the Organic Industry in North America

Organic producers are certified organic through an approved Organic Certifying Agency according to the following Standards:

United States

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) conducted a survey targeting all US Producers that are certified to a US approved certifying agency. The response rate for the total census count (15,806) was 60%.

  • 5 million organic acres in the US in 2016
    • 15 percent increase in certified acres from 2015 to 2016
  • 14,217 Certified USA Organic Farms in 2016
    • 11 percent increase in farm number from 2015 to 2016
  • $7.6 billion in sales of organic commodities in 2016 (56% crops)
    • 23 percent increase in sales from 2015 to 2016
  • California has the highest number of farms, acreage, and sales

Top 9 Farms

Top 9 Acres

Top 9 Sales

California

California

California

Wisconsin

Montana

Pennsylvania

New York

New York

Washington

Pennsylvania

Wisconsin

Oregon

Iowa

Oregon

Texas

Washington

Idaho

Wisconsin

Ohio

Colorado

New York

Vermont

Texas

Michigan

Minnesota

Vermont

Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat Map of Organic Producers by Number.

Image Retrieved from:  NASS Highlights. 2016 Organic Survey.  October 2017. No 1017-6.

 

Canada

The Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA) collects data and research annually to assess the size of the organic industry. Most recent data is from 2018.

2018 Summary

  • 3 million Canadian Acres in 2018
  • 7263 Organic Operations in 2018 (up 14% from 2017)
  • Prairie Provinces represent 1/3 of Organic Producers
    • Increasing trend of organic operations
    • Increasing trend of organic acres

 

 

 

 

 

 

Data from: Organic Agriculture in the Prairies. 2018 Data. Published June 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retrieved from: COTA. Organic Agriculture in the Prairies. 2018 Data. Published June 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retrieved from: COTA. Organic Agriculture in the Prairies. 2018 Data. Published June 2019.

2017 Summary

By The Numbers

  • 45 percent increase in organic acres since 2011
  • 6,365 Canadian organic operations in 2017 (up 16% from 2016)
  • 4,800 Canadian organic producers in 2017 (up 13% from 2016)
  • 1,865 Canadian organic processors in 2017 (up 6% from 2016)
  • 745 Canadian organic livestock operations ( up 8% since 2016)
  • 4 percent increase in organic farms since 2011

Retrieved from: https://canada-organic.myshopify.com/ COTA. Organic in Canada by the Numbers. 2017 Operator and Acreage Data. Released October 2018.

By the Acres

  • 2 million Canadian acres in 2017
  • 45 percent increase in organic acres since 2011
  • Total acres and farms continue to decrease, while organic acres and farms increase since 2011

Retrieved from: https://canada-organic.myshopify.com/ COTA. Organic in Canada by the Numbers. 2017 Operator and Acreage Data. Released October 2018.

By Province

  • Largest number of operations in Quebec and Ontario
  • Largest organic acreage in Saskatchewan, BC and Alberta
  • Saskatchewan represents over a third of Organic Acres

Retrieved from: https://canada-organic.myshopify.com/ COTA. Organic in Canada by the Numbers. 2017 Operator and Acreage Data. Released October 2018.

Retrieved from: https://canada-organic.myshopify.com/ COTA. Organic in Canada by the Numbers. 2017 Operator and Acreage Data. Released October 2018.

By Category

  • Most of organic acres are under pasture, forage, green manure and natural or ecological areas
  • 1,021,700 total Canadian Organic acres under field crop production

Pasture, Forage, Green Manure, Natural Areas

Field Crops

Fruits, Vegetables, Root Crops

65%

32%

2%

Calculated from: https://canada-organic.myshopify.com/ COTA. Organic in Canada by the Numbers. 2017 Operator and Acreage Data. Released October 2018.