Washington's Agricultural Statistics/ Top 10 Commodities


Today, the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the 2008 figures for Washington State’s agricultural value and the top forty commodities.

What’s changed since 2007?

Overall, Washington State’s agricultural production value has decreased from $8.32 billion in 2007 to $7.88 billion in 2008.¬† While this is a significant drop, compared to other states, Washington has remained strong seeing record increases in the value of production of both potatoes and hay.

Topping the list once again is apples even though since 2007 it has dropped in value by 28% . This  indicates that while we are still an apple state, perhaps new trends in our production are arising.

Here’s last year’s list of top 10 commodities:

  1. Apples
  2. Milk
  3. Wheat
  4. Potatoes
  5. Hay
  6. Cattle & Calves
  7. Nursery & Greenhouse Products
  8. Cherries
  9. Hops
  10. Grapes

Take a look at the full report (including the top 40 commodities and detailed statistics) here.

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