|Page updated/verified: Mar 19, 2013
Agriculture: A Cornerstone
of Washington's Economy
Rich soils, diverse climates and large-scale irrigation make
Washington one of the most productive growing regions in the
world and enables farmers to produce some 300 crops each year.
The state's deep-water ports and its proximity to important
Asian markets also provide natural advantages for agricultural
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics for WA
"The Pride of
Washington State" brochure
[PDF 305 KB],
"Top Forty Agricultural
Commodities, WA, 2009-2011" list [PDF 15 KB] and
2011 Agricultural Production Sets Record High" press
release. [PDF 18 KB]
Please visit USDA's
Washington State Field Office for more information.
2013 Census of
2011 Top Crops
Washington's 39,500 farms power a diverse agricultural economy,
led by the state's apple industry with 60 percent of U.S.
production. In addition to the top 10 commodities listed below,
the Evergreen State is a major producer of potatoes, stone
fruits, farm forest
products, fish, shellfish, onions and mint oils.
The state's $46 billion food and agriculture industry
employs approximately 160,000 people and contributes 13% percent to the state's economy.
More than $15 billion in food and
agricultural products were exported through Washington ports
in 2011, the third largest total in the U.S.
Washington's latest information on
crops [PDF 555 KB] and
food processing industries [PDF
567 KB] maps and "Washington Grown Seasonality Charts" for
Vegetables [PDF 284 KB] and
Legume and Herbs. [PDF 218 KB]
Top 10 Commodity
2011 Value of
||$ 771 (million)
$ 534 (million)
$ 306 (million)
$ 189 (million)
$ 186 (million)
1 First in U.S.