But the Oregon Ag community has remained resilient during all of those challenges. Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor.
“We’re still here. It is still a vital, critical part of our economy, to me it is the number one part of our economy, the sector I get to work with every day, and I do think that is a strong testament to the success of Oregon agriculture, is the longevity that we’ve had.”
Taylor says growing up on a farm taught her to always see the best of every situation, and to be optimistic. With that in mind, there is one positive takeaway from 2020 and 2021; consumers have become more interested in knowing where their food comes from, and they look to purchase local Oregon products.
“We saw that last year with the increased number of people going to farmers markets, or joining a Community Supported Agriculture, known as CSAs, and we’re seeing that continue to a large extent. Even as things, restaurants, are reopening and those types of things, people are still interested in supporting those local producers and buying those local Oregon products.”
Taylor adds that she’s looking forward to what the future holds for Oregon agriculture, not only in 2022 but beyond.