Aug 302013
 

Mucking around recently released USDA data, I came up with the table below for a presentation to the CFA Society Spokane yesterday.

I doubt the average Washington citizen appreciates what an agricultural powerhouse the Evergreen State is. Everyone knows we are the leading producer of apples. But we’re also No. 1 in cherries and pears, No. 2 in potatoes, grapes and onions, and No. 4 in cattle/calves and in greenhouse and nursery products.

Beyond those listed in the table, four other commodities produced more than $100 million at the farm gate last year, including two kinds of corn, hops and eggs. Overall value of farm production in Washington last year, including crops, fruits and livestock, exceeded $10 billion for the first time.

 

Leadership down on the farm

Washington value of production* and rank

Rank
2012 value
% state
% US
US rank
1
Apples
$2,147
23%
71%
1
2
Wheat
1,060
11%
7%
4
3
Cattle/calves
745
8%
1%
19
4
Potatoes
695
7%
18%
2
5
Cherries
499
5%
56%
1
6
Hay
359
4%
5%
4
7
Greenhouse/nursery
347
4%
2%
12
8
Grapes
236
3%
5%
2
9
Pears
197
2%
49%
1
10
Onions
171
2%
18%
2
*Production value in millions. Data: USDA

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