Oregon agriculture breaks economic records

Oregon agriculture breaks economic records

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 8:17 PM

PORTLAND – Oregon grows a wide variety of agricultural products in all areas of the state, but the recession hit many farmers hard. Although it's taken five years, officials say the state’s agriculture industry is finally starting to see significant profits.

“You’re starting to see the number reflect growth again,” said Geoff Horning, head of the Agri-Business Council of Oregon.

In 2012, Oregon’s agricultural industry even broke records. It recorded a total economic impact of $5.4 billion, breaking the $5.3 billion record from 2011.

Teri Schafer, manager at Al’s Garden Center in Sherwood, Ore. says he sales are up. She says the housing market has had an impact on sales.

“I think they want to grow their own vegetables,” Schafer said. “We’ve also seen a growth in our tree and shrubs of about 10 percent.”

For 20 years, greenhouse and nursery products have topped the state’s list of highest grossing agricultural products.

Cattle and hay production has also seen a dramatic rise of about 40 percent. Other products that made the top ten list included milk, wheat and grass seed.

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