Did you know?
- About 98% of Oregon’s farms and ranches are family owned and operated.
- 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.
- Oregon agriculture production is valued at $5.4 billion (2012), making it the second-largest economic driver in the state.
- Agriculture’s direct economic impact in Oregon adds up to 10% of the state’s total sales and 7% of its value-added activity.
- About 80% of Oregon’s ag production leaves the state, with about 40% leaving the country, thereby bringing in “new money” to the state.
- About 12% of all jobs in Oregon are directly or indirectly connected to farming and ranching, or 1 in 8 jobs.
- There are 34,600 Oregon farms and ranches, occupying about 16.4 million acres.
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.
Census of Agriculture: Every five years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture attempts to contact every agricultural operator in the country for its Census of Agriculture. An interesting tidbit from the most recent census: Half of America’s farms and ranches have Internet access, and nearly 39 percent report using a computer for their farm business. Visit this site to review the data broken down by state, county, and commodity.
Oregon data from last Ag Census