NCAT has released a new report, Who Are the Organic Farmers of Texas?
The report reviews all USDA data, including newly available reports and tools, to arrive at an accurate picture of the number, location, and types of organic farms in Texas. Although Texas is a national leader in organic cotton, rice, and peanut production, it has a lower percentage of certified organic farms than any other state. Fewer than 200 Texas farms have sold certified organic food products in recent years, and the study found just 61 farms in the entire state that were certified to grow organic specialty crops.
The gap between consumer demand and the supply of Texas-grown organic food is wide. Almost all commonly-consumed fruits and vegetables can be grown in Texas, and the state’s consumers spend over one billion dollars per year on organic food, yet only a tiny percentage of this food is grown in Texas–a missed economic opportunity of epic proportions. The report surveys resources available to support the growth of Texas organic farming and offers recommendations for enabling this sector to reach its full potential.
Funding to develop this publication was provided by the Organic Transitions Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2013-51106-20970.