Oregon Exports Increase

Though many people view agriculture as a dying industry, many states have seen a large increase in exports in the past 10 months. Oregon agriculture exports increased 25 percent from January through September according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Compared to 2009 Oregon has seen a $13 billion increase so far this year. Agriculture exports are not confined to food, this also includes machinery and supplies.
China is the biggest customer purchasing $3 billion in high-tech machinery and gadgets to innovate their agriculture industry.
Another factor in the increase is the growth in actual shipments. Because the Port of Portland’s draft of three feet in the lower Columbia River, more items can be sent and received.
The increase in exports is good news for producers in all sectors of agriculture as well as for consumers. The USDA predicts exports will continue to rise in a variety of areas with poor weather condition and land quality in other countries.
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Written by: Melissa Warner / Farm Plus Staff Writer