Organic Hotspots in Oregon

Photo Courtesy of Mycological Natural Products
An organic hotspot is defined as a county with high levels of organic agricultural activity whose neighboring counties also have a high level of organic activity. In a recent Pennsylvania State University study, agricultural economist Professor Edward Jaenicke released his findings that organic hotspots increase median household income by over $2,000 annually while simultaneously decreasing local poverty rates by as much as 1.35 percent. Professor Jaenicke shared his discoveries at our CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference last month, but the CCOF team was eager to learn more about the many hotspots in our country. A couple weeks ago, we explored the organic hotspots in California.
This week, we’re focusing on the state of Oregon.  
Drake Bialecki of CCOF Certification Services, LLC writes, “Oregon: The Beaver State is definitely a hotbed for organic activity with Lane, Multnomah, and Klamath counties leading the charge. Hay, wheat, blueberries, hops, grapes, onions, pears, potatoes, and cattle are very important organic commodities. A large number of counties in the state are organic hotspots and Oregon Tilth Certified Organic is based in Corvallis. Roughly 195,000 acres (2016 Data) are certified organic in Oregon.  
Here are some Oregon-based CCOF operations:
  • Surata Soyfoods (Lane County)
  • Mycological Natural Products (Lane County)
  • New Deal Distillery (Multnomah County)
  • H & H Cattle Inc. (Klamath County)
  • Hunter Hill Properties (Klamath County)”
Stay tuned for more posts about other hotspot activity across the United States!