The U.S. Department of Agriculture is conducting its first survey of organic production. 

The survey, to be mailed to all known organic producers in the U.S. in May, intends to find out how the rapid growth of organic farming is changing U.S. agriculture.

 “The Organic Production Survey is a direct response to the growing interest in organics among consumers, farmers and businesses,” said agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, in a news release. “This is an opportunity for organic producers to share their voices and help ensure the continued growth and sustainability of organic farming in the United States.”

The survey covers the 2008 calendar year and seeks information from current organic and transitional producers on all types of information, from production to marketing, to income and expenses.

The USDA intends to use the results to help determine future decisions for farm policy, funding allocations, availability of goods and services and community development, among other issues.

 

Respondents should send in their completed forms or complete an online survey at www.agcensus.usda.gov no later than June 17.