Supporting Washington State

Our farms provide one of the most consistent economic benefits to all of Washington

We support our state

Grain production and processing are important contributors to the overall economic well-being of the State of Washington. While benefits are substantial for the state as a whole, they are particularly important to rural areas of Eastern Washington. 

In 2009, the value of Washington grain production totaled over $666 million dollars.  Just under 90 percent, $594 million, was accounted for by wheat. Based on both increased production and higher average prices, Washington’s 2010 wheat crop alone was worth over $997 million. In addition, businesses supporting wheat producers in 2010 earned $755 million dollars as a result of providing inputs and services to grain famers.

For every dollar of farm generated revenue, there was another $0.76 earned by those businesses providing support to grain farmers.

In addition to providing income to other businesses through business to business transactions, income earned through wheat farming is spent on personal products and services (for example, meals away from home, attending a movie, etc.). The value of off-farm purchases by Washington grain farmers and their employees was about $233 million in 2010.  In other words, every dollar earned in grain farming produced an additional 23 cents in earnings to businesses providing services and goods to farm families and employees.  All total then, every dollar from wheat farming resulted in another 99 cents in economic activity throughout the state, much of in the communities where the grain producers operate.

Contribution of Wheat Production to the Washington State Economy – 2010

Value of Washington Wheat Production

$997,004,000

Indirect Output (earned from business to business transactions)

$754,950,372

Induced Output (earned from spending for personal activity)

$232,842,308

TOTAL ECONOMIC OUTPUT

$1,984,796,680