SALEM -- A State Board of Agriculture report has warned that Oregon is lagging behind its Western counterparts in important categories like net farm income.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports Oregon had the highest percentage of farms with sales less than $10,000 and the lowest average amount of farm products sold.

Net farm income is calculated by assessing the value left to the farmer after expenses are deducted.

Washington and Idaho nearly double Oregon sales, and California farm sales amount to five times the value of Oregon's average sales per farm, according to the report.

Recommendations include expanding markets and increasing sales locally, regionally and internationally, along with helping growers meet new food safety standards that the report describes as more stringent and costly.

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