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Preserve Farmland

The Skagit Valley is a Leader in Agricultural Production:

  • Over 80 different crops are grown in Skagit County, including 50 percent of the world’s beet and spinach seed
  • More tulip, daffodil and iris bulbs are produced in Skagit County than in any county in the U.S.
  • Skagit County is the state’s leading strawberry producer
  • Approximately 95 percent of the red potatoes grown in Washington State are grown in the Skagit Valley

Each Year the Skagit Valley Grows Over 80 Different Crops on 93,000 Acres Including:

  • 4 million pounds of raspberries
  • 1,500 acres of tulips, daffodils, irises and bulbs
  • 300 million pounds of red, yellow and white potatoes
  • 1,400 acres of broccoli (90 percent of the region’s fresh market, spring to fall)

Farm Fields Provide Feed and Habitat for Wildlife and Birds:

  • Skagit County is host to one of the highest concentrations of raptors (eagles and other birds of prey) in North America
  • The Valley is home to half a million ducks, 50,000 snow geese, 3,000 trumpeter swans, bald eagles, peregrine falcons and migrating songbirds
  • The Skagit River hosts all five wild Pacific salmon species, including more than a third of the Puget Sound Chinook

Skagit County’s Farmland Legacy Information:

Farmland preservation is of utmost important. Agricultural development and farmland preservation are inextricably tied to food security. Skagit County’s Farmland Legacy program celebrates its 25th year of preserving Skagit farmland in 2021. The program has permanently protected more than 13,500 acres of high-quality and productive agricultural land. An additional 500 acres are in the pipeline for protection.

Skagit County’s investment in preserving some of the most valuable farmland in the world is critical to economic vitality, and the key to ensuring that land is always available for Skagit County’s $300+ million agriculture industry. Read more about the program in this article from the Skagit Valley Herald.

Together we can help support and sustain
Skagit County Agriculture.