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Oregon agriculture reaches $4 billion value for first time
August 25, 2005
The most recent OASS
statistics show the value of agricultural production
in Oregon last year reached $4.1 billion, nearly an
8 percent increase from 2003's record high of $3.8
billion for the more than 220 commodities produced
and grown in Oregon.
The current value of
agricultural production in Oregon for 2004 includes
a top 10 list according to value:
n Wheat, $201 million
n Christmas trees, $142
n Onions $74 million
Among the top 10, the
largest percentage increase in value last year was
recorded by milk, at 33 percent, followed by hay and
grass seed, at 20 percent each.
While a majority of the
commodities produced in Oregon recorded increases in
production value, there were some notable decreases.
Among those in the top 10 that suffered from lower
prices were Christmas trees with a decrease of 10
percent, potatoes with a decrease of 19 percent and
onions with a decrease of 13 percent.
"That is always one of our
strengths," said Janice Goodwin, director of OASS in
a press release. "When some segments of our industry
aren't doing so well, others usually have strong
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