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Oregon’s Nursery Industry: An Economic Force
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Oregon's Nursery Industry:
An Economic Force

Helping Oregon's economy

According to the USDA Census of Horticultural Specialties (2014), Oregon is one of the top three nursery production states. According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the state sold $947 million worth of nursery and greenhouse products in 2017. Nursery/greenhouse products have ranked as Oregon's top agricultural commodity for eight of the last 10 years.

Nearly three-fourths of Oregon's nursery sales come from outside the state, making the industry an important traded sector. This translates into jobs that Oregon otherwise might not have, bringing dollars back to the state. The Oregon nursery industry (including Christmas trees) employs an average of 9,300 workers in horticultural production throughout the year, with a total annual payroll of $317.3 million (Oregon Employment Department, 2017). Nursery workers make an average of $34,159 per year (Oregon Department of Employment, 2017).

Tops in the nation

Oregon leads the nation in the production of several ornamental plant categories (USDA, 2014):

  • Acres in Nursery Production — #1 with 61,099 acres in nursery production, not including an additional 41,000 acres in Christmas tree production (also tops in the U.S.).
  • Coniferous evergreens — #1 with $129 million in sales (23 percent of U.S. market)
  • Deciduous shade trees — #1 with $114 million in sales (20 percent of U.S. market)
  • Deciduous flowering trees — #1 with $50 million in sales (13 percent of U.S. market)
  • Cut Christmas trees — #1 with $127 million in sales (35 percent of U.S. market)

Oregon is also #1 in bareroot nursery products ($119.5 million, 23 percent of U.S. market) and B&B nursery products ($113.4 million, 14 percent of U.S. market). Oregon sold $147.6 million of containerized nursery products (#3 in the nation) (USDA, 2014).

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