Organic Agriculture

According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic products in the U.S. have grown from $3.6 billion in 1997 to over $47 billion in 2016.  While organic food sales make up just over 5% of total U.S. food sales, less than 1% of farmland is dedicated to organic production.  Domestically, supply of organic commodities is not keeping up with growing demand.  Much of the domestic organic supply shortfall is being satisfied with imports.   For example, according to the USDA ERS, over 75% of organic soybean consumption was satisfied with imports in 2016.  Organic processors and handlers continue to run into supply shortfalls and are seeking more domestic supplies in order to reduce dependence on imports.  This situation presents unique opportunities for Indiana farmers who are interested in diversifying into the organic sector and navigating the 3-year transition process.

Visit our Resource page to learn more about organic agriculture.

Organic in Indiana

The 2016 USDA Certified Organic Survey counted 420 certified operations (farms) in Indiana.  This represents a 26.5 percent increase from 2015.  Indiana’s 420 certified organic farms operated on 43,219 acres.  Learn more about the organic agriculture sector in Indiana.

Learn about Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture, a program that works collaboratively across the Indiana organic sector to address the educational and technical resources needs of organic and transitioning to organic farmers.

Connect with Purdue Extension Organic Agriculture to get answers to your questions, and to receive timely updates on educational programs and resources.

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Check out this great new publication from Purdue Extension - The Indiana High Tunnel Handbook.

The publication is a resource for those who are considering high tunnel production or are relative beginners. Sections include: selecting the right size and type of high tunnel for your operation, choosing a site location, constructing a high tunnel, determining planting dates, laying out beds, spacing plants, understanding environmental factors, monitoring soil health, and managing pests and diseases. Developed through a joint project by Purdue University and Indiana University Bloomington, this resource incorporates information about common challenges and considerations growers wish they had known before installing their high tunnel.

The Indiana High Tunnel Handbook is now available from The Education Store at edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=HO-296-W
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Check out this great new publication from Purdue Extension - The Indiana High Tunnel Handbook.  

The publication is a resource for those who are considering high tunnel production or are relative beginners. Sections include: selecting the right size and type of high tunnel for your operation, choosing a site location, constructing a high tunnel, determining planting dates, laying out beds, spacing plants, understanding environmental factors, monitoring soil health, and managing pests and diseases. Developed through a joint project by Purdue University and Indiana University Bloomington, this resource incorporates information about common challenges and considerations growers wish they had known before installing their high tunnel. 

The Indiana High Tunnel Handbook is now available from The Education Store at https://edustore.purdue.edu/item.asp?Item_Number=HO-296-W
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