While we wait for USDA to generate spreadsheets for easier data comparison across all measurements, here are the highlights:
We have more farms creating higher value products off of fewer total acres.
We now have over 12% more farms across the 12 Puget Sound counties. We gained over 3% in total market value but lost almost 5% of our farmland in the process.
Below is a screenshot and a pdf link of the highlights.
Some of the changes are worth noting. The highs and lows of each highlighted category:
- Kitsap County lost over 77% of it’s 2002 market value while Island County gained over 46% over the same period.
- Pierce County lost almost 2% of it’s farms while Mason County gained 47%.
- Whatcom lost 30% of it’s producing farmland while King gained 18%.