This month, more than 22,000 organic producers are expected to receive in their mailboxes letters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). NASS is conducting its 2019 survey of certified or transitioning to certified organic farmers, asking for production, marketing, and transitioning information pertaining to their organic operations. The Organic Survey, which is conducted every five years, is hugely important for organic producers and policymakers – so please make sure to respond if you receive a survey! The results of the Organic Survey are used by Congress, USDA and sustainable agriculture organizations to make important decisions about programs and policies affecting organic producers. All respondents will receive survey codes in the mail and will be asked to respond online with their unique code, via the NASS website. The deadline to fill out the survey is January 10, 2020. Filling out the survey online is a great way to not only save paper, but valuable time! The online option will be able to calculate totals and automatically skip questions not applicable to the operation filling out the survey. Results are expected to be available in October 2020.

Photo credit: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Photo credit: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

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