Farm business withers

Oregon farmers and ranchers report across-the-board declines in 2009.

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From dairies to grass-seed growers, Oregon farmers and ranchers reported widespread declines in 2009.

Field crops, poultry, vegetables and truck crops were among the few sectors that managed to avoid the downward trend.

Key sectors like greenhouse and nursery products, hay, grass seed, wheat and small fruits and berries were all down in 2009, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Small fruits and berries posted one of the biggest losses, plunging 41.4% to $99.8 million on lower prices, particularly for cranberries and blueberries. Close behind was grass and legume seeds, shrinking 37.2% to $319.7 million. Dairy products declined 19.2% to $403.6 million.

Read the full story at the Statesman Journal.

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