Washington's 2007 Agricultural Value Breaks Record
KENNEWICK, Wash.-- The agriculture numbers are in for 2007. The value of agriculture in Washington broke a record for the third straight year.
Washington's number one crop for the fourth year in a row was the apple. The value of Washington apples was $1.75 billion. That's up nearly 25% from 2006. Washington supplies two-thirds of all the apples in the U.S.
Other top crops include milk, wheat, and potatoes. The total value of all agricultural production in Washington is $8.51 billion.
Staff at the USDA's Washington office say part of the reason for this huge increase is because prices at the grocery stores are going up. Agricultural Statistician from the USDA NASS, Dave Losh, says, "Commodity prices have been going up for farmers, which has been a good thing because cost of production and for rent of land, fuels, fertilizers, have been going up in the past few years."
Losh says the grocery store price increases finally caught up with the increases in farming costs, and that has a lot to do with the agricultural value records.