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Agriculture and Food Processing

Agriculture is the longest-standing industry in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Agriculture, food manufacturing and beverage manufacturing employ 16,332 people with payroll of nearly $543 million in the Mid-Willamette Valley. That represents more than 10 percent of all the private sector jobs in the region and 9 percent of the private sector payroll.

The sector is also extremely productive. In 2011, Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties produced nearly 20 percent of the gross farm sales in the entire state of Oregon. All of this product was grown or made on just 10 percent of the state agricultural acres.

Industry Snapshot

  • Firms
  • Employees
  • Average Wage
  • 779
  • 16,332
  • $33,260
 

Top Agriculture and Food Processor Employers:

  • Yamasa Corporation
  • A&R Spada Farms
  • Alpha Nursery
  • Anderson Hay & Grain Co.
  • Bailey Nurseries
  • Blue Diamond Growers
  • BrucePac
  • Carlton Plants
  • Crosby Hop Farm
  • Diana Naturals
  • Doerfler Farms
  • Don Pancho
    Mexican Foods
  • EZ Orchards Inc
  • F&B Farms
  • Fessler Farms
  • Fessler Nursery
  • Foster Farms
  • George Packing Co.
  • Harts Nursery
  • Ioka Farms
  • J.B. Instant Lawn
  • Kerr Concentrates Inc.
  • Kettle Foods/Diamond
  • Kraemer Farms
  • Kraemer Nursery
  • Meduri Farms
  • Mission Foods
  • Monrovia Nursery Co.
  • Mountain View Seed
  • NORPAC Foods
  • Northwest Hazelnut Co.
  • Northwest Onion Co.
  • Oregon Blueberry Farms
  • Oregon Cherry Growers
  • Oregon Flowers
  • Oregon Fruit Products
  • Pan-American
    Berry Growers
  • Pearmine Farms
  • Pohlschneider Farms
  • Premier Ag
  • Betty Lou 
  • Pressco
  • Rainsweet Inc.
  • Roselawn Seed
  • Silver Mountain
    Christmas Trees
  • Townsend Farms
  • Tree Top
  • Truitt Brothers
  • Universal Seed Co.
  • West Coast Beet Seed
  • Wilco
  • Willamette Ag Service
  • Willamette Valley
    Cheese Co.
  • Willamette Valley
    Fruit Company
  • Willamette Valley Hop
    Farms
  • Willamette Valley Pie Co. 
  • Woodburn Nursery
    & Azaleas Inc.

The Mid-Willamette Valley is located less than an hour south of metropolitan Portland in a prime location between California and Washington. The area is served by Portland International Airport for passenger and cargo flights within 50 miles of Salem, and the Port of Portland operates a seaport facility.  Cargo is also flown out of Salem’s municipal airport, located within the city limits.

Food and Agriculture Industry Groups

Industry
Businesses
Employees
Avg Wage
  • Crop production
  • Animal production
  • Forestry and logging
  • Ag support activity
  • Food manufacturing
  • Beverage manufacturing
  • 446
  • 51
  • 39
  • 177
  • 95
  • 150
  • 7,778
  • 673
  • 991
  • 4,891
  • 5,515
  • 1,804
  • 26,651
  • 31,204
  • 69,892
  • 18,266
  • 30,672
  • 37,151

Recent investment in the region

Truitt Family Foods
(Food Processing)
Purchase of high-tech equipment for new shelf-stable product line
14 new jobs

NORPAC
(Food Processing)
Consolidated corporate office to Salem
100 new jobs / $5M capital investment

Oregon Flowers
(Cut Flowers)
Building expansion to double capacity of existing facility
32 retained, 5 new jobs / $1.2M capital investment

Diamond Foods
(Food Processing)
New R&D Center in Salem
10 new jobs / $2.5M capital investment

Henningsen Cold Storage
(Logistics & Warehousing)
New 240,000 sq. ft. building
40 new jobs / $25M capital investment

Willamette Valley Fruit
(Food Processing)
Purchase of business by Inventure Foods
5 new jobs / $3M capital investment



Strategic Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development agency for Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley. The 400-plus member nonprofit association leverages strong public and private partnerships to aggressively retain and attract high value jobs and capital investment. SEDCOR remains Oregon’s largest economic development group.

In 2016, SEDCOR played a pivotal role in bringing $60.4 million in capital investment to the Mid-Willamette Valley, creating or retaining more than 397 jobs.

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