Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version

December 2003


Published in Cornhusker Economics, 12/03/2003. Produced by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States (U.S.). Organic food sales are growing at a rate of more than 20 percent annually, totaling $7.8 billion in 2000 [1].1 Advocates of the recently introduced national organic standards predict that their introduction will further enhance the growth of the organic sector.