For more than 20 years, the Oregon State University’s Department of Applied Economics has partnered with the Oregon Department of Agriculture to produce and update an analysis and report of the economic impact of agriculture in the state. This year, two of our faculty members (Bruce Sorte and Jeff Reimer) were lead authors.
We are pleased to present the 2021 economic impact report which underscores the vital role agriculture and the food system play in the health of Oregon’s economy and its communities.
More than 531,000 jobs are associated with the agriculture, food, and fiber industry with a total farmgate production of $5.5 billion and overall economic impact from the food system of $42 billion. It is a part of our culture and our values in Oregon. 95% of our farmland is family held and 60% of all private land in Oregon is used for farming. In addition, the global reach of our agricultural system continues to grow, with exports up 25% since 2015.