2018 Crop Year Statistics for California Now Available
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released the California Agricultural Statistics Review 2018-19 online. The report provides a statistical overview of agriculture in the state, including land values/cash rents, farm facts, weather highlights and California’s performance in the global marketplace. For the first time, the report includes summary data for organic production.
According to the report, California remains the top agricultural producer in the U.S. with more than 400 commodities (13% of the U.S. total) that represent one-third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of the nation’s fruits and nuts. In 2018, California farms and ranches generated nearly $50 billion, a slight increase from the previous year. The number of total California farms (69,400) in 2018 represented a 1.6% decrease from 2017.
Growers are encouraged to review the report, which contains extensive tables that examine statewide and county-by-county agricultural data.