Mercaris’ Final 2019 Acreage Report shows that the number of growers converting land to organic production “escalated significantly” over 2019, offsetting the impact of a rainy growing season, the release says. Final numbers beat previous estimates for every region of the U.S.
Related: 2019 U.S. Organic Acreage Shows Major Gains Pres. Trump Requests $5M to Regulate CBD; Cuts EPA, Ag Not Enough Funding for Climate Change Prevention Research, Study SaysHighlights include:
- 1 million acres of organic hay and alfalfa were harvested over 2019, up 8% y/y with 11% more certified organic operations.
- 13% more certified organic operations harvested organic corn over 2019, offsetting a significant decline in the number of acres harvested per operation.
- Certified organic operations harvesting organic soybean reached 2,835, up 11% y/y.
- Harvested organic wheat acres, mostly driven by expansion in the High Plains region, grew 16% y/y.
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