Organic farming in the U.S.: number of certified farms 2014-2016

The statistic shows the results of a survey conducted in 2016 among certified organic U.S. farms and ranches. The results indicate that the number of certified organic farms in the U.S. amounted to 12,818 in 2015.

Number of certified organic farms in the United States from 2014 to 2016

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Release date

September 2017


United States

Survey time period

2014 to 2016

Number of respondents


Special properties

All U.S. farms and ranches certified for meeting the standards of the National Organic Program (NOP) administered by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)***

Method of interview

Email survey

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2016 was taken from a previous edition of the publication.
The survey does not provide any information about the age of respondents.
* The sample count displays the number of records from the mail list that had certified organic production in 2016 or whose operational status was unknown. The mail list included 18,418 operations that met the criteria and the response rate for the U.S. was 60% (n=15,806)
** Only operations certified by an AMS approved agent were included in the 2016 survey. survey.

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