NASS to expand scope of next organic survey

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) today published a Federal Register notice announcing its intent to expand the scope of its voluntary Organic Production Survey to include questions needed for the five-year Census of Agriculture data series and make it a mandatory Organic Survey. As such, the survey would collect information in 2015 asking for 2014 data from approximately 14,000 farmers and ranchers from the 2012 Census of Agriculture who reported producing organically certified crops and livestock, as well exempt organic operations and those transitioning to organic. OTA is pleased to see the agency’s notice, which reflects OTA’s comments filed in May urging NASS to conduct an expanded and comprehensive organic survey next time around.

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