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About Oregon agriculture

Celebrate Oregon Ag

Celebrate Oregon Agriculture videos bring you tips for enjoying Oregon’s farms, ranches, and food artisans with your family. We have more than 37,000 family farms growing more than 220 amazing products. Because of our world-class soils and mild climate, many think we grow the world’s greatest food.
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Armchair tour of Oregon agriculture

Get out the popcorn, put your feet up, and learn about the diversity of Oregon agriculture in this short presentation. This presentation provides a great introduction for students and others curious about the agriculture industry in Oregon.



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Growing regions in Oregon

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Oregon agricultural photos

Many photos from the ODA Website may be used without charge. Browse the ODA photo gallery to view images or request special photos.
Oregon ag photo gallery

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History of Oregon agriculture

Agriculture was well established in the region long before Oregon attained statehood in 1859. That rich agricultural history is part of the fabric that makes Oregon what it is today.

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Oregon State Board of Agriculture

The 10-member State Board of Agriculture advises the Oregon Department of Agriculture on policy issues and development of rules.

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Report from the Board of Ag: The State of Oregon Agriculture

The 2005 Oregon Legislature passed HB 2196 requiring the State Board of Agriculture to prepare biennial reports to the governor and legislative assembly regarding the status of the agriculture industry.
This document is a comprehensive overview of many topics and issues related to, impacting, and affected by agriculture.

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Oregon Agripedia

The Oregon Agripedia is a one-stop reference for Oregon agriculture facts, laws, and resources. This publication – available online and in hard copy – contains statistical information on Oregon agriculture, comprehensive information on state and federal laws that apply to agriculture, and contact information for numerous agricultural organizations and agencies.
A limited number of copies are available now. Request your Agripedia now by calling 503-986-4550 or sending your request to:
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Information Office
635 Capitol St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-2532
Order form
Agripedia online 

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Agricultural literacy and education

Ag in the Classroom provides resources for teachers and students in a classroom setting
Visit Ag in the Classroom (AITC) and learn more about what this invaluable program provides teachers and their students, including publications and training materials specific to Oregon agriculture from a free loan library, inservice and continuing education credits, and more! Also, the national AITC site has lots of additional teacher and learning resources.

Summer Ag Institute (SAI), a project of the Oregon Agricultural Education Foundation, is a three-credit, week-long, graduate-level class through Oregon State University that educates K-12 teachers with little or no background in agriculture. Teachers are given first-hand experiences in the agriculture industry. The action-packed week includes field trips to farms and ranches, tours of processing plants, and lectures and hands-on labs taught by university professors. The highlight of the week is an overnight stay on a working farm where the teacher has an opportunity to meet a real farm family.

Oregon Ag Fest, activity-filled festival where kids (and grown ups too!) can touch, taste and experience life on the farm. Over 17,000 people attend Ag Fest each year to learn about Oregon’s largest industry. State Fairgrounds in Salem.

FFA, for high school students: FFA is the practical and applied study of math, science, English, social science, and leadership using agriculture education. Since 1928, the FFA motto "Learning to do, doing to learn, earning to live, and living to serve" has embodied what FFA is now trying to expose all students to through 21st century schools. Check to see if your high school has a local Chapter and FFA program.

The Council for Agriculture Science and Technology: the science source for food, agriculture, and environmental issues. CAST addresses issues of animal sciences, food sciences, and agricultural technology, plant and soil sciences, and plant protection sciences with inputs from economists, social scientists, toxicologists or plant pathologists and entomologists, weed scientists, nematologists, and legal experts

The Agri-Business Council of Oregon (ABC) offers educational resources to help teach Oregonians about agriculture, showcase agri-tourism techniques, and connect urban residents to the farming community through activities, education, and events. Many of these resources can be found at Oregonfresh.net with the Adopt a Farmer Program specifically educating kids about Oregon agriculture.

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Statistics and Oregon State University studies available

There are several ways to find out about Oregon's agricultural statistics. The USDA-NASS Oregon Field Office publishes Oregon statistics each year in the "Agricultural and Fisheries Statistics Bulletin." The Bulletin is published in partnership with the ODA, and is now combined with the "Agricultural Resources Directory" and the "Farmers' Handbook" in one handy publication called the Oregon Agripedia.
CD-ROM versions of the Agripedia may be ordered, or you may view it online.
Oregon State University (OSU) agricultural statistics resource material
Now available, downloadable versions of the following studies:
OSU 2010, Farm Gate Sales (pdf, 380 kb)
OSU, 2011: Agriculture's Economic Footprint Study (pdf, 434 kb)
OSU First Handler (Processor) Value-added Study​ (pdf, 1.5 mb)

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Ask a question about Oregon agriculture

ODA specialists will respond to your online request for information.

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