Agriculture

Program Contact: Don McMoran, County Director
(360) 428-4270 ext. 225 • dmcmoran@wsu.edu

Skagit County maintains one of the largest and most diverse agricultural communities west of the Cascade mountain range.

Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Skagit County. Local farmers produce about $300 million worth of crops, livestock, and dairy products on approximately 90,000 acres of land. Over 90 different crops are grown in the County. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, tulips, daffodils, pickling cucumbers, specialty potatoes, Jonagold apples, and vegetable seed are some of the more important crops in this maritime valley. More tulip, iris, and daffodil bulbs are produced here than in any other county in the U.S. Ninety-five percent of the red potatoes grown in the state of Washington are from Skagit County. In addition to food and fiber products, agriculture in this region provides habitat for thousands of swans, snow geese, and dabbling ducks.

Numerous agricultural suppliers, organizations, and agencies serve the needs of this important industry. Each October thousands of people attend farm tours during the Festival of Family Farms to learn more about the bounty, beauty, and complexity of the valley’s working landscape.

Statistics Publications:

(Ag Stats are large files, please allow time to load for slower connections.)

Seed
Economics
Marketing
Organic and Small Scale Farming
Research

 The Changing Face of Agriculture

Presentation by Don McMoran

Updated 2012. This presentation is a PowerPoint slide show and requires PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer. Click here to download a free copy of Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003.

Tune in to 1630 AM: “InFARMation” Travelers Agricultural Radio Updates

As you drive through the Skagit Valley tune to 1630 AM on your car radio and learn why local farmers call this fertile valley the “Magic Skagit.” Hear crop reports, farm history and special stories about the dozens of crops grown in this special valley. Find out what crops are being harvested or planted right now. “InFARMation” is a collaborative project made possible by: Skagitonians to Preserve Farmland, Skagit Valley College Radio Station KVSR 91.7 FM, WDOT, Leadership Skagit, EDASC, WSU Skagit County Extension and many community volunteer announcers.