Current estimates show that Texas has taken 3rd place in the U.S. for organic agriculture acres and value. Over 300,000 organic acres produce agricultural commodities on 360 organic farms across the state.
A total of 386 organic producer entities represent 360 farms with over 300,000 acres in 79 out of 254 Texas counties. The major organic commodities produced in Texas are peanuts, cotton, rice, wheat, milo, corn and dairy. Producers are geographically scattered across the state, but the region spanning Seminole in the South Plains up to Dalhart in the Panhandle encompasses a large concentration of organic producers.
Texas organic production has continued to increase, and the number of organic producers has more than doubled since 2016.
The economic impact of organic grains, cotton, oilseeds, vegetables, fruits and other organic crops is about $241.7 million annually. Meanwhile, Texas organic livestock and poultry sales are estimated at $75.3 million annually, and organically produced livestock products like milk and eggs contribute an additional $621.9 million in total output. These organic sales contributed to $938.9 million in total output, $377.4 million in value added, $247.6 million in labor income, and about 8,320 full- and part-time jobs across the Texas economy.
More than 400 organic buyers in Texas, known as “handlers,” purchase raw organic commodities and add value to wholesome consumer goods sold all over the world.
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