Did you know?
- About 98% of Oregon’s farms and ranches are family owned and operated. Some are “corporate” farms because they are incorporated for tax reasons; they’re not faceless, uncaring, mega-conglomerates.
- Oregon agriculture is sustainable. 1,175 Oregon farms and ranches are officially recognized as remaining operational and within same family at least 100 years, while 33 have reached the official 150-year-old mark.
- Oregon is #1 in the nation for Christmas trees, hazelnuts, loganberries, black raspberries, ryegrass seed, orchard grass seed, crimson clover, sugar beets for seed, red clover seed, fescue seed, blackberries, boysenberries, potted azaleas, and peppermint.
- Oregon is #2 in the United States for the production of hops, snap beans, and spearmint.
- Oregon is in the top 5 nationally for nursery stock, blueberries, sweet cherries, pears, dried herbs, green peas, sweet corn,
cranberries, and wine grapes.
- Oregon is a specialty-crop state with 220+ recognized commodities.
- There are more than 35,000 Oregon farms and ranches, occupying about 16.4 million acres.
- Oregon agriculture production is valued at $5.4 billion (2014), making it the second-largest economic driver in the state.
- Agriculture is directly and indirectly linked to about $50 billion in sales of goods and services, which is more than 13% of the statewide total of sales involving all industry sectors.
- Oregon agriculture is responsible for $22.9 billion or 10.6% of the net state product.
- Oregon agriculture is a key traded sector, ranking first in volume of exported products and third in value of exported products.
- About 80% of Oregon’s ag production leaves the state, with about 40% leaving the country, thereby bringing in “new money” to the state.
- Oregon agriculture directly or indirectly supports more than 326,000 full or part-time jobs, making up almost 14 percent of total jobs in the state.
- Nationally, one farmer supplies food for about 155 people in the US and abroad.
Learn more about agriculture through this OFB Agricultural Glossary of Terms.
Learn more about Oregon’s agriculture’s top commodities from ODA’s “Facts and Figures” brochure.