Oregon’s Big Business

When talking about international businesses in Oregon people immediately think of Nike, Intel and Columbia Sportswear.  However, located in the Willamette Valley and throughout the plains of Eastern Oregon is a 5.3 billion dollar industry, agriculture. According to the Oregon Department of Agriculture, this amount is a record high, up 20% from 2010.

Oregon ranks 1st in the nation for the production of  15 agriculture products

  • Blackberries
  • Boysen and Youngberries
  • Hazelnuts
  • Loganberries
  • Raspberries, black
  • Ryegrass seed
  • Orchardgrass seed
  • Crimson clover
  • Fescue seed
  • Sugarbeets for seed
  • Red clover seed
  • Peppermint
  • Christmas trees
  • Onion

Many of these products are being exported around the world, especially to Asia. According to the Oregon Farm Bureau about 80% of agriculture production is exported from the state, with 40% leaving the country. When thinking about international business it would be a mistake to not think about the future of food and exported agriculture products.

Susan Forrester

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 Susan Forrester is a full-time student in the Masters in International Management program. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Portland State University. After living in Seoul, South Korea for two years she was interested in finding a career that linked Oregon and Asia together through trade. Susan enjoys the diverse background of the MIM student body that allows her to frequently practice her beginner level Chinese.

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