NOP releases list of certified operations

USDA’s National Organic Program has posted a list of all operations certified to U.S. organic standards as reported to the agency on Jan. 2, 2013. Included are 25,022 operations throughout the world, of which 17,750 are in the United States. Most U.S. certified organic operations are on the West Coast, in New England, and the upper Midwest. The overall number of farms and businesses certified to USDA’s organic regulations fell 13 percent globally during 2012. The decline reflects fewer Canada- and Europe-based USDA-certified operations due to recent equivalency agreements that no longer make maintaining USDA certification necessary for operations there.

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