Monday, July 29, 2013

Record Agricultural Production in Oregon

According to a recent article from The Oregonian, the state's agricultural production was worth a record $5.4 billion in 2012. Oregon's agricultural production estimates come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) field office at Oregon State University.

A news release from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) indicates that most crops and livestock are on the upswing over the past five years. In addition, ODA notes that Oregon farms and ranches have bounced back from recession, and even surpassed the previous record production value of $5.3 billion set in 2011.

By production value, the state's top agricultural products for 2012 include: greenhouse and nursery products; cattle; hay; milk; and wheat. 

Estimates from a survey conducted by the Oregon Employment Department, in partnership with NASS, show a total of 78,000 crop production jobs in Oregon in 2009. Employment topped 9,000 in animal production.

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