From the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, an unusually diverse climate and landscape make the Pacific Northwest one of the most vital – and most threatened – farming regions in the country.
Pacific Northwest growers feed people across the United States and around the world. Agriculture is woven into the fabric of Washington’s, Oregon’s, and Idaho’s heritage and has been an important part of the Pacific Northwest’s culture since the earliest days of territorial settlement. Farmers and ranchers steward over 40 million acres of the region’s lands.
The Pacific Northwest’s farms and ranches power a diverse agricultural economy. In addition to our top commodities, including apples, wheat, milk, and potatoes, the region is a major producer of cattle, hops, hazelnuts, stone fruits, onions, and mint.
Farming is integral to the Pacific Northwest’s economy, environment, and way of life. But it’s also at risk. Urban development and sprawl are rapidly consuming some of our best farmland.
At the same time, farmers face intense environmental challenges – from protecting fragile salmon habitat to adapting to the uncertainties of climate change.