Rich soils, diverse climates and large-scale irrigation make Washington one of the most productive growing regions in the world
enables farmers to produce some 300 crops each year
The state's deep-water ports and its proximity to important Asian markets also provide natural advantages for agricultural trade.
More than $15 billion in food and agricultural products were exported through Washington ports in 2011, the third largest total in the U.S.
In addition to the top 10 commodities listed below, the Evergreen State is a major producer of potatoes, stone fruits, farm forest products, fish, shellfish, onions and mint oils.
The state's $46 billion food and agriculture industry employs approximately 160,000 people and contributes 13% percent to the state's economy.
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