February 21, 2019
Crop report: California feeds the nation
SACRAMENTO - (INT) – California matters when it comes to its agricultural output.

Over a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California. Dairy products are still California’s biggest farm commodity.

The latest annual report for 2016 found that California’s farms and ranches received more than $46 billion for their output. This represents a decrease of about six percent compared to 2015. Despite this decrease, California remains the leading US state for cash farm receipts.

For the 2016 crop year California agricultural exports totaled $20.04 billion. Top commodities for export included almonds, wine, dairy and dairy products, walnuts and pistachios.

California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities.

California’s top-10 valued commodities for the 2016 crop year are:
Dairy Products, Milk — $6.07 billion
Grapes — $5.58 billion
Almonds — $5.16 billion
Cattle and Calves — $2.53 billion
Lettuce — $1.96 billion
Strawberries — $1.83 billion
Pistachios — $1.5 billion
Tomatoes — $1.33 billion
Walnuts — $1.24 billion
Oranges — $826 million
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