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Researchers at Oregon State University have found that the total value of Oregon’s agriculture, fiber and food industry exceeds $ 42 billion. They also found that more than 2,000 farms have been established in Oregon in recent years.
Researchers from the College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Extension Service complete the Economic Analysis Report every five to six years in partnership with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. In addition to agriculture, food and fiber, this latest report includes information on hemp, recreational marijuana and the impact of wildfires and COVID-19 on farms.
“The report provides an overview of the state of Oregon’s agriculture, food and fiber sector,” said Jeff Reimer, professor of applied economics and one of the report’s authors. “We are able to do this analysis which shows links that would not be obvious if you only looked at the statistics on the economy.”
The number of small and large farms has increased since the last report, but medium-sized farms have declined
Agriculture, food and fiber industry accounts for 9.1% of Oregon’s economy and 371,300 jobs
Agricultural exports have increased by 25% since 2015
The number of organic farms has declined, but the value of produce sold per organic acre has almost doubled