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Report of Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) Farm and Handling Operations, 2000-2004

Report of OTCO Farm and Handling Operations for years 2000-2004

OTCO Farm Operations
Trend 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Total US Farms 368 359 371 388 401
Total US organic acres 1 57,860 53,790 59,917 64,794 68,784
Total US acres in transition 2460 3155 2484 2130 4016
Average certified acres per US farm 1 164 159 170 174 183
 
Total International Farms 2 33 40 45 35 29
Total International hectares (ha) 20,236 7042 10,529 19,212 8120
Total Intl. ha in transition 114 131 226 275 159
Average certified ha per Int. grower 2 10.3 24.5 28.2 39.4 16.1

 

OTCO Farm Operations in Oregon
Trend 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Total OR farms 214 220 234 242 266
Total OR organic acres 1 16,871 17,344 21,627 25,918 27,517
Total OR acres in transition 726 427 523 854 2680
Average certified acres per OR farm 82 81 96 112 115

 

Size of US OTCO farm operations
Trend 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Over 1,000 acres 1 5 6 7 8 11
500 to 1,000 acres 18 17 20 23 23
100 to 500 acres 127 110 112 119 116
50 to 100 acres 48 40 36 46 41
10 to 50 acres  104 109 119 109 116
Under 10 acres 64 73 70 79 90

 

1 OTCO certifies three wild harvest operations that harvest from a 5,000-acre area on Klamath Lake in Oregon. OTCO also certifies a 1.46 million-acre area in Alaska upon which organic livestock are grazed. These operations were left out of calculations for statistical reasons.

2 Some international farms are cooperatives of growers or production partnerships, all certifying under one company name.

OTCO Certified Handling Operations
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
US Organic Handlers 18 19 24 25 30
US Organic Processors 218 241 268 282 303
US Organic Marketers 31 22 27 25 22
US Organic Restaurants 1 1 1 1 1
Total US Operations 268 283 320 333 356
 
International Organic Handlers 3 3 2 3 3
International Organic Processors 30 25 22 18 14
International Organic Marketers 2 2 1 0 0
Total International Operations 35 30 25 21 17

 

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