AgriLife Organic

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.

Recent Blog Posts

Peach Leaf Curl – It’s time!

Peach leaf curl, also known as leaf curl, is a disease caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans. Peach leaf curl affects the blossoms, fruit, leaves, and shoots of peaches, ornamental flowering peaches, and nectarines, and is one of the most common disease problems for Texas Peaches. The distorted, reddened foliage that it causes is easily seen … Continue reading “Peach Leaf Curl – It’s time!”

Have you considered lifestyle as a reason for organic consumption?

Typically, there are a few concepts that people feel strongly reflect the organic buying habits of consumers. Most agree that: women buy more organic foods; people in higher economic classes buy more organic foods; and higher educated people buy more organic foods. This is the reason that you will find more organic food stores or … Continue reading “Have you considered lifestyle as a reason for organic consumption?”