Agriculture is the foundation of the economy in our District. With a variety of dry land and irrigated farms, we're one of the most productive growing regions in the world. Cow-calf and feeder operations and food crop storage and processing add to our ability to export billions of dollars in agricultural products every year. Wheat, potatoes and cattle are third, fourth and fifth in the value of Washington crops produced behind apples and milk. A healthy export market is critical to our agricultural interests, and that means a viable transportation system of roads, rail and the Lower Snake and Columbia River System. Our hydro-electric dams not only provide the ability to move commodities, they also provide clean, renewable energy, recreational opportunities, making them vital to life in our region.