U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-certified organic growers in the United States sold more than $3.5 billion in organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011, according to the results of the 2011 Certified Organic Production Survey, released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Corn leads organic field crops in sales, accounting for more than $101.5 million in 2011. Wisconsin leads the nation in organic field crops acreage, with more than 110,000 acres harvested in 2011. In addition to looking at organically produced crops, the survey also gathered information on organically raised livestock, which accounted for $1.31 billion in sales in 2011. Organic milk was the top livestock commodity, accounting for $765 million in sales. The other key organic livestock commodities were chicken eggs and broiler chickens, earning $276 million and $115 million in sales respectively. The survey results also include statistics on organically grown fruit and vegetables, value-added products and marketing outlets. The full results of the survey are available online at http://bit.ly/2011OrganicSurvey.
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