Medicinal Herb Production in the Pacific Northwest Opportunities and Obstacles in a Growing Market – OSU

Medicinal Herb Production in the Pacific Northwest Opportunities and Obstacles in a Growing Market – OSU

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Medicinal herb crops are a diverse group consisting of both annual and perennial species. Some herbs are harvested for their flower or leaf tissue; others are harvested for root tissue or fruit. Within the herb production industry, there are opportunities to identify crops that may fit well in the cropping systems of the Pacific Northwest.

More specifically, vegetable producers may be well-positioned to produce new crops that could provide diversity on farms and profitable yields. In order to support producers interested in adopting new herb crops with training and resources, our group sought to identify what crop species are suited to our production areas, what opportunities exist in current and future markets, and what obstacles exist that may be addressed with either research or Extension projects.

 

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