Nearly half of organic farmers in MD expect to expand operations within 5 years

ANNAPOLIS, MD---Maryland was home to 121 Certified Organic farms in 2019 on 17,196 acres with $50.1million in sales,according to Shareefah Williams, state statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Maryland Field Office.

Maryland accounted for less than 1% of the U.S. organic sales in 2019. However, the industry shows potential for growth in production as approximately 51 organic producers (42%) report they intend to increase organic production in Maryland over the next 5 years.

The selection of organic products sold by Maryland farms in 2019 was diverse, from dairy, livestock and poultry, to fruits, vegetables and grains. The top commodities in organic sales were:

Broilers - $24,667,679

Milk from cows -- $11,872,002

Corn for Grain -- $1,757,874

Soybeans -- $660,796

All Dry Hay -- $588,964

The 2019 Certified Organic Survey is a special study conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and is part of the 2017 Census of Agriculture program. The primary purpose of the survey is to collect value of sales information at the commodity level along with acreage, production, and practices data for a variety of certified organic crop and livestock operations.

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