Washington

State Quick Facts

Population
7,614,893

Total State GDP
 $599,607,700,000

State Land Area (Acres)
42,531,840

Land in Forest
52%

Land in Farms
34%

Number of Farms
35,600

Average Farm Size (acres)
410

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$2,820

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
 $9,464,013,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
 $6,985,277,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
 $2,478,737,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Apples
 $2,185,875,000

Dairy Products, Milk
 $1,128,624,000

Wheat
 $823,593,000

Cattle and Calves
 $748,635,000

Potatoes
 $683,776,000

Top Ag. Exports

Fruits, Fresh
 $769,394,663

Fruits, Processed
 $657,945,622

Other Plant Products
 $625,532,537

Wheat
 $476,807,446

Vegetables, Processed
 $280,032,296

Washington Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, Washington generated around $9.5 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being apples, dairy products, specifically milk, and wheat. That same year, the value of Washington’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 3.0 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of Washington’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below. 

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Washington Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2015, Washington generated more than $10 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being apples, dairy products, specifically milk, and cattle and calves. That same year, the value of Washington’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 3.5 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of Washington’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below.

2020- Fact Sheet- Feeding the Economy, 2019
  2018 – Fact Sheet – The Animal Feed and Pet Food Manufacturing Industry is Crucial to American Agriculture, Economy
  2017 – Fact Sheet – AFPA State Industry Economic Impact
2016 – Report – Economic Analysis of Animal Agriculture 2005-2015
  2013 – Report – The Economic Impact of Shellfish Aquaculture in Washington, Oregon and California
2011 – Report – Potential Economic Impacts of the Managed Haying and Grazing Provision of the Conservation Reserve Program
2003 – Report – Economic Impacts of Agriculture in Skagit County WA

 

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.