460,000 Acres and Counting. How Many Organic Valley Acres in Your State?

by Rootstock Editor

July 22, 2022

by Rootstock Editor

Organic Valley farms comprise about 460,000 acres of land in the United States, and this organic acreage is home to about 1,800 Organic Valley family farms. About 400,000 of those acres are home to our dairy farms.

How many acres of Organic Valley dairy farms are in your area? Find out by clicking on your state on this handy map.

An acre is about the size of one football field. Or think of it like this, 10 Acadia National Parks in Maine could fit on Organic Valley land. While 400,000 acres are dairy farms, the remaining 60,000 acres are farms that raise things like poultry, beef, and produce. Why does it matter if these acres of land are organic?

Well, at Organic Valley we believe the less we mess with nature, the better. Nature already has it figured out.

Healthy soil is the foundation of organic farming and there are 700-plus chemicals that, by law, cannot be used in growing or processing organic products. To be certified organic, producers must follow regulations, from farm to table, outlined by the National Organic Program. Organic practices support the cycling of on-farm resources, promote ecological balance, and preserve biodiversity.

Organic Valley farms have kept 440 million pounds of chemicals off the land since its beginning in 1988!

Cows and chickens on the Johnson organic farm in Wisconsin.

Cows and chickens mingle on the Johnson organic farm in Wisconsin.

Interesting Information About Organic Acres

  • There are 16,585 organic farms containing 5.5 million acres of organic land in the United States, according to results from the U.S. Department of Agriculture 2019 Organic Survey.
  • Wisconsin, where Organic Valley took root, makes the top 10 list for most organic acres in the U.S. at 251,000. About 32% of organic land in Wisconsin is home to Organic Valley dairy farms!
  • Sikkim, an Indian federal state in eastern India, is the first 100% organic state in the world. All of its farmland is certified organic, and the state has been awarded for its effort to provide safer food choices and a healthier ecosystem.
<p>The McClelland family farm in California.</p>

The McClelland family farm in California.

States with the Most Certified Organic Acres

  1. California
  2. Montana
  3. New York
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Texas
  6. Nebraska
  7. Vermont
  8. Oregon
  9. Idaho
  10. Minnesota


States with the Most Organic Valley Acres

  1. Wisconsin
  2. New York
  3. Minnesota
  4. Vermont
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Ohio
  7. Indiana
  8. California
  9. Iowa
  10. Washington
An Organic Valley sign on a barn at the Webb family farm in Vermont.

An Organic Valley sign on a barn at the Webb family farm in Vermont. ©David Nevala for Organic Valley.

If you see an Organic Valley sign as you travel a rural road, you know you are looking at an organic farm whose stewards are dedicated to Earth, animals, and delicious organic products.