Oregon Agriculture by the Numbers - 2017 Census of Agriculture Data

Oregon State University's Extension Service's Small Farms Program, Department of Applied Economics, and the Rural Community Explorer are collaborating with Oregon's Community Food System Network to analyze and discuss the results of the most recent 2017 Census of Agriculture.

Check back for additional articles and updates.

Highlights Part 1: Total farms, total sales, and the distribution of farms by size and scale (see articles below)

Special Analysis: Oregon Agricultural Business Succession Planning

Highlights Part 2: Oregon's Farm Producers

Highlights Part 3: Direct marketing and value added agricultural production (coming soon)


Change in Oregon's Farms by Size and Scale, Census of Agriculture Highlights Part 1

The number of farms, especially small sized farms and farms with low sales increased in Oregon between 2012 and 2017. Total agricultural sales also increased, primarily among farms with sales of $2.5 million or more as well as farms with sales of less than $25,000. Nationally, the number of farms and total agricultural sales declined over the same time.

By Mallory Rahe, | Article

Oregon's Number of Farms and Total Agriculture Production Increases 2012 to 2017, Declines Nationally

Oregon’s total number of farm operations increased a net 2,177 between the 2012 and 2017 Census of Agriculture, this growth of 6.1 percent occurred while nationally the number of farms decreased by a net of 67,083 of 3.2 percent.

By Mallory Rahe, | Educational Document

Agriculture is a Concentrated Industry in Oregon and the US

2.5% of all farms in Oregon produced 69.7% of all agricultural products sold, compared to 3.9% of all farms producing 69.3% of all sales nationally. Total sales by farms selling $1 million or more increased 5% in Oregon, and increased 1.9% nationally from 2012 to 2017.

By Mallory Rahe, | Educational Document

Number of Small Farms Increases Faster in Oregon than US

A higher percentage of all farms in Oregon are small farms with less than 10 acres (33.3% of all Oregon farms and 13.4% of all US farms). These small farms are the fastest growing farm size in the state and increased 7.6% from 2012 (increased 2.8% nationally).

By Mallory Rahe, | Educational Document

Trends and Insights into Oregon Agricultural Business Succession Planning

2017 Census of Agriculture data is used to update an analysis of farm succession preparation in Oregon. Original publication: Brekken, C. M. A., Gwin, L., Horst, M., McAdams, N., Martin, S. (2016). The Future of Oregon’s Agricultural Land.

By Christy Anderson Brekken | Publication

Oregon's Farm Producers

Demographic data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture are presented on Oregon's 67,595 producers. Changes to the census lead to more women being represented as farm decision makers, shown as an increase of 31.2% women producers between 2017 and 2019. Other highlights include farm decision making by sex of producer, military service, and race and ethnicity.

By Shannon Caplan, Benjamin Antolin, | Educational Document

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