Underway is the first ever, wide-scale survey of organic agriculture.
Industry officials and supporters are urging producers to participate. Sue Baird is the President of the Missouri Organic Association . She says this is an important survey for the industry.
"We don’t really have true data on how many [organic farmers] are certified in Missouri, or how many of them are planning to be certified," she says. "The reason it’s so important is all of the USDA money that has been allocated under the new farm bill … is based on how many are cert or potentially certified within the state."
Baird says 50 million dollars has been allocated to Missouri to help new farmers transition to organic, or existing organic farmers grow their operations.
Baird says the Organic Industry in Missouri is growing rapidly, and this data will help it continue to do so.
The forms were mailed out in early May are due back to the association by Wednesday, June 17.
For more, missouriorganic.com or call Sue Baird at (660) 427-5555 or (573) 619-9139.