Oregon agriculture is a dynamic, complex mix of many issues, challenges, and opportunities facingour farm, ranch, and fishing communities. People and business rely on a healthy farm sector tosustain the Oregon way of life. As a representative of this great and diverse enterprise, the StateBoard of Agriculture recognizes this report cannot address all issues and developments. But theboard has focused on a list of key factors that it feels are the highest priorities and essential stepstowards a brighter future for Oregon agriculture.This report should help the reader understand where Oregon is competitive, and where it isnot; what things are going well, and where challenges exist; and what the Legislature, Governor,Congressional representatives, and Oregon's citizens can do to help.We hope that this report fosters a better understanding and appreciation of Oregon agriculture, anda chance for all Oregonians to join together to address key issues.We are dedicated, with the rest of Oregon's agriculture, fishing, and other natural resources sectors,to demonstrate ingenuity and innovation in solving problems, to raise the bar in stewardship ofnatural resources, to produce quality, safe products, to be transparent and open in our discussions,and deliberate in our efforts to a better future.We commend Oregon's farmers, ranchers, and fishers for their contributions to our state.Published: January 2013Research, writing, and graphs: Brent Searle, Special Assistant to the DirectorLayout and design: Kathy Kennedy LeaMaster, Publications/Web CoordinatorOnline version: http://oregon.gov/ODA/pages/pub_bd_rpt.aspxOregon Department of Agriculture635 Capitol St NESalem, OR 97301-2532503-986-4558
ORS 561.378 State Board of Agriculture report
The State Board of Agriculture shall report as provided in ORS 192.230 to 192.250 on a biennial basis to theGovernor and the Legislative Assembly regarding the status of the agricultural industry in this state.Photographs used in this document were provided by employees of the Oregon Department of Agriculture,the Oregon Employment Department, and Andrea Johnson for the Oregon Luscious Fruit Campaign.