Oregon State Agriculture Continues to Prosper

Take a look at Oregon’s top agricultural commodities

Home to 34,200 farms and more than 16 million acres of farmland, Oregon has a diverse agricultural industry. With over 250 commodities grown across the state, second to California in the number of agricultural commodities produced, the agricultural industry is highly profitable and a major economic driver. The state’s annual agricultural production is valued at $3.5 billion, and nearly 10 percent of Oregon’s economy is related to agriculture. Additionally, approximately one in 12 Oregon jobs are tied to the agriculture industry (that’s a total of 140,000 jobs), and about 60,000 of those jobs are on farms.Read More

Family Farms Remain Critical to U.S. Agriculture

Find out how family farms contribute to the nation’s ag industry

There’s no denying the importance of family farming. The USDA reports family farms as an essential part of United States (U.S.) agriculture, contributing approximately 99 percent of America’s 2.1 million farms, and 89 percent of agricultural production. A family farm is classified as any farm organized as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or family corporation, excluding farms organized as nonfamily corporations or cooperatives, as well as farms with hired managers.Read More

Sweet Potato and Potato Crops Are Top U.S. Agricultural Commodities

Learn more about the agriculture statistics of the nation’s booming spud industry

Potatoes and sweet potatoes are enjoyed by many Americans across the nation, no matter the time of year. As popular ingredients in many recipes, potatoes and sweet potatoes are often found on tables during the holiday season in dishes like sunshine sweet potatoes and stuffed red potatoes with caramelized onions.Read More

Capturing the Authenticity of Florida Cattle Ranchers

Learn More About Dustin Prickett and How He Brings Art to Ag

Everywhere you look, there is art. The world of agriculture has an immense array of art within it  from the process of planting a single seed and cultivating colorful and nutritious row crops, to the cattle ranchers raising calves. AgAmerica understands the commitment and resilience it takes to be a farmer or rancher and the importance that agriculture plays as a way of life for millions of individuals across the country.Read More

Apples Are a Hot Commodity Across the U.S.

Learn more about apples, including apple facts, apple harvest statistics, and how this favorite fruit can enhance Halloween celebrations

Apples are the most consumed fruit in the U.S., with the average person consuming about 28 pounds per year. As a result, it’s easy to see why apples are one of the most valuable fruit crops in the nation and why the U.S. has so many apple producers – 7,500 – who grow, on average, 240 million bushels of each year on an approximated 322,000 acres of land.Read More

Full Moon Names and their Historical Meanings

Ever wonder how that Full Hunter’s Moon received its name?

Each full moon name has a meaning and a significance to our seasons.

We have followed the moon ever since we discovered it moved in the sky. We have used it to plan agricultural harvests and to determine times to hunt for thousands of years. Some cultures use the moon as a basis for their calendar, rather than using the sun.Read More

Washington State Agriculture Industry Thrives

Learn more about the diversity of the Washington state agriculture sector, and find out what makes The Evergreen State a top spot for apple production

Washington State is more than just home to the famous Space Needle. Thanks to its rich soils, diverse climate, and large-scale irrigation, Washington is one of the world’s most productive growing regions. Farmers across the state produce more than 300 crops annually, including apples, potatoes, and wheat. Milk and beef cattle are also top commodities, making Washington the second most diverse state for agricultural commodities produced.Read More