Agriculture’s Contribution to Washington’s Economy

Economic Impact

Value to Washington

  • $10.6 Billion Revenue from 39,500 farms and ranches
  • Agriculture adds 164,000 Jobs through production, processing, transportation, and sales, agriculture ads  to the Washington economy.
  • Agriculture is 12 percent of Washington state’s overall economy.
  • Food Processing & Manufacturing generates $20.1 billion in revenue and creates 40,000 jobs.

Export Value

  • Agriculture is Washington state’s 2nd largest export category.
  • Washington state is the 3rd largest food and agricultural exporter in the United States.
  • Over $6.7 billion in food and agricultural products exported through Washington ports in 2015, the third largest in the United States.

Source: Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)

Over 300 Commodities Produced in Washington

Top 10 Commodities

Apples - $2.38 Billion
Milk - $1.09 Billion
Potatoes - $ 813 Million
Cattle - $ 704 Million
Wheat - $ 656 Million
Cherries - $ 502 Million
Hay - $ 478 Million
Hops - $ 382 Million
Grapes - $ 359 Million 
Pears - $ 233 Million

In addition to the top 10 commodities listed above, the Evergreen State is a major producer of nursery/greenhouse, stone fruits, farm forest products, fish, shellfish, onions, and mint oils.

Become a Washington Farm Bureau Member

Although we have many farmers as members, you don’t have to be a farmer to join our cause. Today, it doesn’t matter if you grow food or purchase it, Washington Farm Bureau invites you to work with your neighbors to enhance the quality of life in your community and the unique ways agriculture touches our lives.

WFB Membership supports programs that ensure the growth of safe, affordable, high quality food for you and your family. Your contribution will advance the Washington agricultural economy by advocating for family farms and ranches, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting local food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, insuring water quality, promoting farmland preservation and more.

If you are an agricultural producer or agricultural business, membership is $100 or less depending on your county.

If you wish to support Washington Agriculture through the Washington Farm Bureau as an Associate Member, membership is only $20.

Your return on investment will come through affordable high quality food, a vibrant agricultural economy, and a financial return. Also, by taking advantage of member discounts on goods and services you normally buy, your financial return can be at least five times your annual membership dues.

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