News: from ODA
Newly revised figures released by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service NASS, with assistance from Oregon State University, contain preliminary numbers for the 2012 value of production. The overall trend shows farms and ranches have not only bounced back from the days of recession, they have eclipsed 2011’s high water mark of $5.3 billion. Out of the top 40 commodities, only nine saw decreases in 2012 from the previous year. Compared with 2007 production, only eight have dropped. Over the past 20 years, the leading Oregon agricultural commodities have generally stayed the same, with an occasional newcomer entering the picture. Oregon’s 2012 value of agricultural production– the total value of crops and livestock sold off the farm– includes a top ten list that contains familiar names but a rank order that varies from year to year: Greenhouse and nursery products– $745 million Cattle and calves– $653 million Hay– $638 million Milk– $497 million Wheat– $472 million Grass seed– $411 million Potatoes– $172 million Pears– $134 million Corn for grain and silage– $119 million Onions– $115 million At least one longstanding member of the top ten has dropped out– Christmas trees ranked #12 last year with a value of $102 million. At different times in recent years, both blueberries and cherries have cracked the top ten but now find themselves at #11 and #14 respectively.