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Business and Industry

Ontario is home to over 1,000 retail- and service-based businesses, and is committed to supporting and developing both small and large businesses. Other development projects are in the works, and there is every indication that growth and prosperity will continue to define business and industry in the area.

There are six major employers in Ontario who employ over 2,500 individuals. Business and industry thrives throughout Malheur County. Government offices alone provide jobs for just over 2,600 people. Other major employers reside outside of Ontario but within Malheur County lines. Small businesses will find information and resources at Treasure Valley Community College’s Small Business Development Center.

Rich, fertile land is the foundation of all that lies within Malheur County. The agricultural industry continues to be the economic base for the area. Cattle are the main livestock and crops include onions, potatoes, beets and a variety of grains. A mild climate and rich soil provide the means for prosperous farms and ranches.

Major Agricultural Industries:

Business and Industry

Beef Cattle
Beef is the number one agricultural product in Malheur County. Cattle ranches can be found throughout the area with many able to trace their beginnings back to the 1800s.

Onions are the second-ranked agricultural product in the county. Migrant workers are largely responsible for the weeding and harvesting of more than five percent of the national onion market right in Malheur County. Every August and September, observers can witness the annual ritual of onion curing by driving down county roads.

Found in practically every restaurant and kitchen, potatoes are the cornerstone for many meals and recipes. In Malheur County, large russet potatoes are the third-largest cash crop.

In addition to the top three industries already mentioned, many other products are grown and produced within the county lines. Other agricultural products include, but are not limited to: alfalfa hay and seeds, carrots, milk, peppermint oil, sugar beets, wheat and grains. The Union Pacific Railroad and various trucking companies help transport these products out of Malheur County.

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