Despite Profitability, Organic Crop Production Still a Small Percentage of Total

Nov 17, 2015

Credit USDA

While organic crop production continues to grow in the US, organic crop acreage is still a tiny percentage of overall crops, reports The Rural Blog. The number of organic crops produced almost doubled from 2002 to 2011, but has not made a huge dent in the US total. Organic crops account for less than one percent of the total acreage of any given crop. According to a report for Amber Waves, “overall adoption of organic corn, soybeans, and wheat remains low.”

While organic crops are more expensive to produce, they also bring in more money. But the trade-off hasn’t appealed to most US farmers. The USDA has implemented some grants for research into how to strengthen organic crop profitability.