Organic Farm Management Studies

Organic farmers have different priorities, values, and available options than conventional farmers. Effective research and outreach efforts need to keep the special characteristics of organic farmers in mind. Organic farmers and product suppliers can also benefit from seeing trends, outcomes, and practices in the industry. 

Ohio State Studies on Ohio's Organic Agriculture Practices

2020 Farm Poll - Organic Edition. Find out what the 2020 Farm Poll revealed about Ohio farms in general, and organic growers in particular in this summary report. Also available as a webinar presentation.

2019 Organic Dairy Practices Study. Ohio State researchers used semi-structured interviews to examine herd health management for the organic dairy industry in and around Ohio. Researchers spoke with 23 organic dairy producers and 12 veterinarians who serve organic dairy farms. Learn what they found out about common health concerns, preventative managment, treatment, and overall herd health management. 

2018 Organic Corn Growers Survey. Caroline Brock and Doug Jackson-Smith, and Subbu Kumarappan summarize the practices and economics of organic corn growers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. 

1999 Survey Results on Ohio Organic Producers. Special Circular 174, OARDC by Phil Rzewnicki. Ohio State Studies on Organic Practices 

Organic Agriculture in Ohio

Ohio's organic farming community is experiencing rapid growth. According to the 2019 USDA Census of Agriculture, we rank 5th among U.S. states in the number of certified organic farms, an increase of 37% since the 2016 organic census. 

Ohio ranks

  • 3rd in certified organic soybean producers.Ohio ranks 5th among US states in the number of certified organic farms.
  • 6th in acres of organic soybeans, 7th in bushels produced.
  • 5th in certified organic corn producers. 
  • 9th in certified organic corn acres and in bushels produced.
  • 4th in organic hay producers, 13th in acres.
  • 3rd in organic oats producers, 7th in acres.
  • 4th in the number of organic dairy farms.
  • 5th in the number of organic farms.
  • 11th in organic egg and layer farms, and organic egg sales. 
  • 6th in the number of non-certified farms transitioning acres to organic production

Between 2016 and 2019, Ohio's organic sales have increased by 38% and organic cropland grew by 37%.