A bumper crop of opportunity.
Our agriculture sector is responsible for producing 300 different crops, ranking second in the nation. Part of the reason for our success is our diverse geography and varied microclimates, from the warm, rolling plains that stretch for miles in Eastern Washington to our moist hillsides and valleys to the north, south
Agriculture and food and beverage production supports an estimated 164,000 jobs in Washington and accounts for approximately $20.1 billion in revenue. The state is the leading producer of red raspberries, hops, apples, sweet cherries, pears, concord grapes and spearmint and peppermint oils, which are shipped around the globe to customers who appreciate their quality, flavor
#1 producer of asparagus, red raspberries, hops, apples, sweet cherries,
pears and concord grapes
#2 in seafood production
#2 in premium wine production, with 1,000 wineries
Built for exporting.
Washington State is equidistant from Europe and Asia, connected by 75 public ports, 139 airports and 3,666 miles of railways, ensuring that your crops and food and beverage products arrive at their destination quickly and in good order. Washington also has the largest port-side cold storage facility on the west coast. The state is one of the most trade savvy states in the nation, ranking #4 in the U.S.
One of our top exports is wine. The state has more than 1,000 wineries, crafting
To promote production and trade of value-added agriculture and food manufacturing products, the state offers an array of incentives to companies who wish to do business in and with Washington State, including tax exemptions and deductions for manufacturers of fresh fruit and vegetable crops. Plus, the state doesn’t have a corporate or personal income tax, making it an attractive place to open new factories and production facilities.
A helping hand when you need one.
Companies engaged in the industry can count on the support of the state as well as the industry at large. Washington has a very strong network of trade associations, including 23 agriculture commodity commissions, Northwest Food Processors Association, Northwest Horticultural Council, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Pacific Northwest Vegetable Association and the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
- Alfalfa Seed Commission
- Apple Commission
- Asparagus Commission
- Beef Commission
- Beer Commission
- Blueberry Commission
- Bulb Commission
- Cranberry Commission
- Dairy Products Commission
- Dry Pea & Lentil Commission
- Fruit Commission
- Grain Commission
- Hops Commission
- Mint Commission
- Oilseeds Commission
- Potato Commission
- Puget Sound Salmon Commission
- Red Raspberry Commission
- Seed Potato Commission
- Strawberry Commission
- Tree Fruit Research Commission
- Turfgrass Seed Commission
- Wine Commission
If a question crops up…
To help you maximize the potential of your agricultural and food manufacturing business strategies, we have a team of experts on hand to guide you in locating facilities in one of our 39 counties, working your way through permitting, securing a skilled workforce, training new and existing workers, entering into trade or expanding your exports to new markets, performing research and making introductions with local, regional and statewide businesses who may be interested in partnering with you.
If you are interested in learning more about value-added agriculture and food manufacturing opportunities in Washington State, contact us at 206.256.6100 or email our agriculture/food manufacturing business expert listed below.
Evan Wendlandt, Value-Added Agriculture Development Manager, Business Development Team – Phone: (206) 256-6142