Where are Texas’ Organic Producers and What Do They Grow

This map below shows each county that has organic producers. This helps you see where we have major organic growing areas and the legend tells you how many are in those areas. The South Plains is a huge organic cotton and peanut area, the Northwest has organic dairies with lots of organic fields and pastures, and the Southeast is home to the US organic rice production. Organic pecans ( personal favorite) are located in the Southwest along with major organic spinach production.

This image (below) may be a little confusing but basically every producer on the map above lists what they plan to produce on their certification application. I took that information and then added up based on fairly common crops. This doesn’t include dairy, beef or poultry but there are not that many even though they make up a large $ amount of organic production. So, there are 360 farmers and of that number 79 list peanuts as a crop. Now, the vegetable one is a little strange because some growers list many vegetable crops and I put them together. Overall, vegetables is a category that needs more producers in Texas!

Author: Bob Whitney, Regents Fellow & Extension Organic Specialist

Agriculturalist, extension educator and researcher, organic agriculture enthusiast and promoter, international program developer, Christian, husband, father and friend.

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