Skagit County maintains one of the largest and most diverse agricultural communities west of the Cascade mountain range.
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.
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- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2021
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2020
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2019
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2018
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2017
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2016
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2015
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2014
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2013
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2012
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2011
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2010
- WSU Skagit County Agricultrual Statistics 2009
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2008
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2007
- WSU Skagit County Agricultural Statistics 2006
- Brassica Quarantine District
- Production of Brassica Seed Crops in Washington State: A Case Study on the Complexities of Coexistence
- Direct Marketing: Evaluating Your Options
- Emerging Markets in Skagit (MS PowerPoint)
Organic and Small Scale Farming
- Boom-Type Carts vs. Big Guns in Northwestern Washington
- Methyl Bromide Alternatives Poster
- Experimenting with Growing Ulluco as Niche Crop – Poster NACAA 2015
- Hands-on Worker Protection Standard Training – Poster NACAA 2015
- Teaching Diverse Audiences in the Same Classroom – Poster NACAA 2016
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.
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Upcoming Ag Workshops
Western Washington Seed Workshop
Skagit Ag Summit
Western Washington Potato Workshop
End of February
Western Washington Berry Workshop
Meet the New Ag Economist
Jon Paul Driver grew up on the family farm north of Spokane in Usk. He attended WSU and received his degree in Agribusiness, Management and Economics. After graduating, Jon Paul went to work for the Washington State University Western Center for Risk Management Education where his work focused on dairy and crop insurance policy. He worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services as an agricultural economist and industry analyst focusing on cattle, dairy, hay, potatoes, and small grains for 5 years before rejoining WSU. Jon Paul is a graduate of AgForestry Leadership class 37 and part-time hay farmer.
Jon will be teaching a series of courses across Washington focusing on:
- Record Keeping and Budgets
- Evaluating Financial Condition
- Debt Management Knowledge and Options
- Cash Flow Management
- Reorganization Plans and Tools
This series will provide a basic core of knowledge for participants to address and improve farm and ranch financial management.
In addition, Jon will be offering one-on-one consulting services and support for farmers and ranchers wanting to develop a reorganization plan that addresses their specific needs.