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Oregon Farm Sales Up 19 Percent
Oregon farm sales grossed a record $5.2 billion last year, a 19 percent increase over 2010. The Oregonian newspaper reports that the
total is inflated because commercial fishing sales were included
for the first time. But even without the $91 million from fishing,
the total sales are a record.
Cattle ranked first among products, crops and commodities,
grossing nearly $800 million. Dairy was second with $524 million in
sales. Wheat ranked third at $521 million, a total that has more
than doubled in two years.
Bart Eleveld, an economist with the Oregon State University
Extension Service, says many farmers have converted grass seed
fields to wheat because of greater demand.