2017 Census of Agriculture – Hood River CountyOctober 14, 2019 The market value of agricultural products sold in Hood River County reached $126.1 million in 2017. Crops represented 99 percent or $125.1 million and livestock, poultry and products about 1 percent or $1 million.
With 578 farms operating in 2017, agricultural product sales per farm averaged $218,152, well above Oregon’s $133,104. Hood River County‘s 2017 agricultural sales total ranked 12th in Oregon, while its average sales per farm ranked sixth. Marion County earned the top spot in Oregon with $702 million in agricultural product sales.
Not every farm in Hood River County averaged $218,152 in agricultural product sales. Operations with under $2,500 in 2017 sales comprised 28 percent of Hood River County’s farms, matching the share of farms with $100,000 or more in sales. Farms selling $500,000 or more in agricultural products represented about 13 percent of Hood River County’s total. Farms with $500,000 or more in agricultural sales held 78 percent of Hood River County’s 2017 total, at $98.7 million.
Hood River County’s pears covered 12,122 acres in 2017, while its sweet cherries covered 2,049 acres. Sales of fruits, tree nuts and berries reached $123.2 million, ranking first in Oregon and 38th nationally in the top 1 percent of counties.
Farm production expenses in Hood River County averaged $130,635 in 2017. And net cast income per farm averaged just $3,810 (ranking 27th) compared with Oregon’s $19,757.
Hood River County’s census identified 578 farms, an increase of 4 percent compared with 2012. Land in farms also rose in 2017, climbing 10 percent to 28,451 million acres. The average size of a Hood River County farm rose by 6 percent to 49 acres, just a fraction of Oregon’s 424 acre average.
Operations with 1,000 acres or more represented just 1 percent of Hood River County’s farms compared with Oregon’s 6 percent. About 33 percent of Oregon’s farms belonged to the 1 to 9 acres group in 2017 compared with Hood River County’s 46 percent. The 10 to 49 acres group led the state, with 34 percent of Oregon’s farms, just above Hood River County’s 29 percent. In the 500 to 999 acres group, Oregon’s 3 percent tripled Hood River County’s 1 percent.
Hood River County was home to 1,077 farm producers (maximum of four producers per farm) in 2017, with about 60 percent or 648 male producers and 429 female producers. About 30 percent of Hood River County’s farm producers were age 65 or older – and 95 percent of its farms were family farms.