From the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky Mountains, the Pacific Northwest region is one of the most ecologically rich farming areas in the United States.
To the west of the Cascade Range, deep soils and a mild maritime climate produce a vast array of fruits and vegetables. East of the Cascades, rolling, arid hills grow much of the nation's wheat, potatoes, apples and pears. And the maritime waters themselves support a major shellfish and seafood industry.
Farming is integral to the Pacific Northwest's economy, environment and way of life. But it's also at risk. Urban development and sprawl are rapidly consuming some of our best farmland.
At the same time, farmers face intense environmental challenges – from protecting fragile salmon habitat to adapting to the uncertainties of climate change.
We must act now.