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Farm Sales of Kentucky Organic Products Triples
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/06/2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2019 Organic Survey, which show Kentucky total Farm sales of $38.50 million in organic products, up $26.28 million, or 216%, from 2016. There were 185 certified organic farms, up 85% from 2016, which accounted for 19,499 certified acres, up 90% from 2016.

Highlights from the report include:

- Livestock and poultry products: $26.70 million, up 382%

- Milk: $7.17 million, up 61%

- Fruits and berries: $46,501, down 53%

- Livestock and Poultry: $1.76 million, up 42%

- Field Crops: $6.36 million, up 126%

- Corn for grain: $1.69 million, up 86%

Marketing practices in the certified organic farming sector showed that $1.80 million in organic products were sold directly to retail markets, institutions, and local/regional food hubs. Another $2.13 million in organic products were sold directly to consumers at farmers markets, on-farm stores and stands, roadside stands or stores, u-pick, community supported agriculture farms, and online markets.

The 2019 Organic Survey, a 2017 Census of Agriculture special study, is a census of all known U.S. farms with certified organic production in 2019, as well as those transitioning into organic production.

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