This spring, the U.S. Department of Agriculture plants to conduct its first-ever survey of organic production in the United States.


The survey, which has a June 17 deadline, will explore additional aspects of organic farming not covered by the 2007 Census of Agriculture.


In taht report, 20,000 respondents reported they were involved with organic production, according to a news release.


Among the topics the survey will cover are production, marketing, income and expenses. Not only will it examine operations already certified as organic but it will also look at those making the transition.


The results will be used during future policy making, funding allocation, community development.


USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will mail the survey in early May to all known organic producers in the United States. NASS plans to publish the results this winter.


Participants can mail back their forms or complete the survey online at http://www.agcensus.usda.gov.


The information will be kept confidential and published in a way that individual operations can't be identified.


For more information about the survey, visit http://www.agcensus.usda.gov.