Oregon agriculture is sustainable. In 2016, 1,181 Oregon farms and ranches are officially recognized as remaining operational and within same family at least 100 years, while 38 have reached the official 150-year-old mark. Source: Oregon Century Farm & Ranch Program
Oregon is #1 in the nation for Christmas trees, hazelnuts, black raspberries, ryegrass seed, orchard grass seed, crimson clover, sugar beets for seed, red clover seed, fescue seed, blackberries, boysenberries, potted azaleas, and peppermint. (2016) Source: Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
Oregon exported $2.6 billion in raw agriculture products internationally in 2013, representing about 40% of farmgate cash receipts (USDA Economic Research Service, 2014). Agriculture and food exports comprise about 6% of Oregon’s economy and provide 7.4% of the state’s jobs (OSU Rural Studies Program, 2011) Source: 2015 State of Oregon Agriculture report, p. 10
It’s estimated that about 40% of Oregon agricultural products go to the domestic market outside of Oregon, bringing new dollars into Oregon and supporting rural and urban jobs in agriculture, food processing, and other associated industries. Source: 2015 State of Oregon Agriculture report, p. 13
Farmers and ranchers have increased the efficiency of their use of inputs (land, water, chemicals, etc.) from 1960 when Oregon ranked 46th out of the 50 states to today when it ranks 15th and is still improving at a rate of 1-3 percent per year. Source: p. 4 in Oregon State University Extension Service Rural Studies Program
Oregon’s agriculture, food and fiber industry is economically linked to approximately 13.2 percent, $50 billion, of all Oregon sales; 10.6 percent, $22.9 billion, of Oregon’s net state product; and 13.8 percent, 326,617, of full and part-time jobs in Oregon. Source: p. 4 in Oregon State University Extension Service Rural Studies Program
Nationally, one farmer supplies food for about 155 people in the US and abroad.