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

Organic Program Regulation

Couple of things I recently received.  First, I do like to highlight the quarterly reports from the NOP on enforcement.  As you can see in the picture there are 476 cases in progress and the bulk are uncertified operations saying they are organic.  I run into this all the time!  Folks think that because they use an organic practice … Continue reading “Organic Program Regulation”

Organic Cover Crops

Cover crops are a part of any certified organic plan, and their importance is growing in all agriculture systems for many reasons.  Unfortunately, they can also be a source of frustration (for many reasons!) and this year some of the top reasons are the short supply of seed, high prices, and the persistent drought.  Still … Continue reading “Organic Cover Crops”

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