A bumper crop of opportunity.
With 37,000 farms and 15 million acres of farmland, Washington State is known the world over for its agricultural products and food production capabilities.
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 and west. This, when combined with our low-cost energy and close proximity to major markets via land, sea and air, makes Washington a smart choice for value-added agriculture and food manufacturing firms that want to expand, grow and prosper in a prime growing and production environment.
Agriculture and food and beverage production supports an estimated 140,000 jobs in Washington and accounts for approximately $17 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 and value. Washington is also a leader in seafood production, second only to Alaska in shipments of fish and shellfish.
|#1 producer of red raspberries, hops, apples, sweet cherries, pears and concord grapes||#2 in seafood production||#2 in premium wine production, with 800 wineries|
Built to export.
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 #3 in the U.S.
One of our top exports, besides those Washington is already famous for, is wine. The state has more than 800 wineries, crafting top quality reds and whites that are in high demand internationally. Washington is the second largest producer and exporter of wine, right behind California.
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 it.
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.
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 one of our Choose Washington business experts at 206.256.6100 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ignacio Marquez, Agriculture Sector Lead - Phone: (509) 249-6970
Evan Wendlandt, Value-Added Agriculture Development Manager, Business Development Team - Phone: (206) 256-6142
Washington State Department of Agriculture