WA Farm Brief 1 – COVID-19 Impacts & Adaptations Among Washington State Farm Businesses

Published March 31, 2021, this brief summarizes key findings from the Washington State (WA) Farm COVID-19 Impacts and Adaptations Survey which was deployed from December 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 to capture an end of season snapshot of farmer experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Findings

A total of 265 responses from 33 of 39 counties were received. This brief provides an overview of those responses, including:

  • Different farms and ranches had different experiences depending on size, marketing scale, type of production, and other features.
  • Operation costs increased for nearly 2/3 of farms.
  • Customer relationships were strengthened for many farms marketing locally and regionally.
  • Many farms expanded their networks.
  • There are many concerns for the future, mixed with cautious optimism.
  • Many farmers reported high levels of stress.

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Publication Date: March 31, 2021

Author(s): Collier, S.M., Fogel, A., Moore, M., Sipos, Y., Lewis, L., and Raymond, L.

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