This includes 1000 new farms that were certified in the U.S. last year. This growth has been supported by USDA's development of clear and enforceable organic standards.
Now, some argue that the standards are too tough, that they may actually be slowing down the entry of new farms into organic production, particularly that rule that mandates three years conversion time to go from conventional farming to certified organic farming. Three years in which you as a farmer would produce organically but have to deal with possible impacts of that, which might include decreased yields.
But you don't have the ability to take advantage of the increased prices. That's an economic challenge for many of our small and mid-sized farmers and maybe is one of the reasons why we don't see more producers entering the organic marketplace.