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The tables below offer information about Oregon agriculture from the general agricultural groups to the more specific commodities or products. The ranking assigned to a given commodity is based on the commodity's cash receipts; how much money it made.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004

As you can see from the table below, Oregon ranks 27 among the states for total agricultural production.

Commodity groups cash receipts - 2004
Product Group Value ($1,000) % State total State rank
All commodities 3,691,554 100.0% 27
Livestock & livestock products 1,043,635 28.3% 33
Crops 2,647,918 71.1% 15
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Oregon's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004

This table lists Oregon's top commodities in each of Oregon's two agriculutural groups, livestock and crops.

Oregon's top five commodities by cash receipts - 2004
Livestock products % State total Crop products % State total
Cattle and calves 13.8% Greenhouse/nursery 25.8%
Dairy products 9.7% Hay 7.1%
Chicken eggs 1.3% Ryegrass 5.5%
Broilers   Wheat 5.5%
    Onions 2.9%
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

Over 70% of Oregon's total agricultural production is produced by a broad range of field, fruit and vegetable crops. Greenhouse and nursery products are the most important, followed by hay. Ryegrass, wheat, and onions round out the top five.

Cattle and calves are the most important livestock products raised in Oregon. Dairy products rank second, followed by chicken eggs. Though the value of broilers is not given by the Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, it is included as one of the top 25 products of the state.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004

This table offers a more complete view of the most important agricultural products of Oregon.

Leading commodities for cash receipts - 2004
Product Value ($1,000) % State Value
1. Greenhouse/nursery 951,452 25.8%
2. Cattle and calves 508,910 13.8%
3. Dairy products 359,520 9.7%
4. Hay 262,327 7.1%
5. Ryegrass 204,557 5.5%
6. Wheat 201,665 5.5%
7. Onions 107,855 2.9%
8. Potatoes 99,470 2.7%
9. Fescue 92,480 2.5%
10. Pears 72,799 2.0%
11. Hazelnuts (filberts) 52,992 1.4%
12. Cherries 49,819 1.3%
13. Chicken eggs 48,693 1.3%
14. Blackberry group 37,106 1.0%
15. Grapes 32,204 0.9%
16. Mint 29,948 0.8%
17. Corn, sweet 28,165 0.8%
18. Blueberries 27,418 0.7%
19. Apples 24,323 0.7%
20. Beans, snap 20,655 0.6%
21. Hops 19,894 0.5%
22. Cranberries 17,383 0.5%
23. Strawberries 15,839 0.4%
24. Bluegrass, kentucky 15,275 0.4%
Broilers (9-12 week old chickens) *    
* Commodities at the bottom of the above ranked list of commodities and having no accompanying data would have appeared within the ranked list of leading commodities, but were excluded to avoid disclosure of confidential information about individual producers.
Source: USDA:Economic Research Service

The 2004 table above contains information about Oregon agricultural production provided by the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture.

The first column of the table lists the product (commodity).

The second column of the table lists a number representing the dollar value of the product. This number is not the dollar value of the product. This number represents the dollar value of the product in thousands of dollars. For example, the number listed for the value of greenhouse and nursery products produced in Oregon is 951,452. This number represents a dollar value of $951,452,000 (951,452 x 1,000): nine hundred and fifty-one million, four hundred and fifty-two thousand dollars.

The third column of the table lists the percent (part) of the total agricultural value produced in Oregon. For example, greenhouse and nursery products account for 25.8% of Oregon's total agricultural production value. The dollars generated greenhouse and nursery products add up to a little over 1/4 of Oregon's total agricultural production.

National ranking highlights - 2004

  • Ranks first in production of hazlenuts(filberts) (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of fescue (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of ryegrass (100% of U.S. production).
  • Ranks first in production of blackberries (94% of U.S. production).

Oregon farms and farmland - 2004

Because of different rounding methods (e.g., farm acres given by the National Argriculture Statistics Service), percentage of farmland per state should be considered a rough estimate.

Oregon farms and farmland - 2004
Number of farms Total farm acres Percent of state Average farm size (acres)
40,000 17,200,000 28% 430
Source: USDA:National Agriculture Statistics Service


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