We’ve been waiting for the state and county-level data to be published by the United States Department of Agriculture, and it’s finally here. USDA published the data yesterday, and we’ve taken a quick look to see what has changed in Clackamas County.
While our review of the data has not been exhaustive, certain things do stand out.
- Clackamas County has more farms (3,745) than any other county in Oregon.
- We have the smallest average farm size (43 acres) of any county in Oregon.
- We have more women farm operators (2,450) than any other county.
- We’re in second place for horses and ponies with 5,504 animals. First place goes to Wasco County with 6,159 animals. That means we lead western Oregon in equines.
- We’re number one for cut Christmas trees by a big margin: 538 farms with 15,951 acres of trees in production in Clackamas, compared to the next largest county (Marion) with 197 farms and 11,298 acres in production.
- Cattle production has increased but on fewer farms.
- The number of hogs and pigs has decreased, as has production of sheep and lambs.
- The number of orchards has increased, and more acres are planted in orchards.