Kittitas County grows great grass. Historically, resident farmers used domestic livestock to harvest that grass. Today, the export market demand for premium-quality hay has shifted farm acreage toward timothy, orchardgrass/alfalfa, sudangrass, and annual grass hay. Farm gate market value in 2007, aggregated across 1,038 farms and 191,087 acres, were $22.2 million in livestock sales and $38.7 million in crop sales.
The most recent county agricultural statistics are available here.
Additional statewide statistics can be found at www.agcensus.usda.gov.
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