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Oregon supports direct farm sales

By Eric Mortenson

Capital Press

Oregon consumers appreciate buying direct from the farmer.

Oregonians like having the plow close to their plates. A compilation of Census figures by the Oregon Department of Agriculture shows the state ranks ninth nationally in the value of direct sales occurring at farmers' markets, U-pick operations, roadside stands and Community Supported Agriculture arrangements, or CSAs.

The value of farm direct sales in Oregon exceeds $44 million annually, according to a department news release.

The state has 6,247 farms taking part in direct sales, ranking sixth nationally behind California,Texas, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, according to the ag department.

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