US Fresno County farms set $7.9 billion record for crop value

Farmers and ranchers in Fresno County produced a record value of almost $7.9 billion in agricultural crops and commodities in 2018. That figure represents the total gross production value of everything from alfalfa and almonds to wine and wood, and works out to an increase of more than 12.2 percent over 2017, according to county Agricultural Commissioner Melissa Cregan.

Almonds were the top crop in the county at almost $1.2 billion in value, while grapes – wine and table grapes as well as raisins – were second at just over $1.1 billion. Pistachios were the third-ranked crop with a total gross value of more than $862 million. The ascension of garlic and onions into the rankings knocked peaches and oranges out of the rankings.

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“Fresno County’s agricultural strength is based on the diversity of crops produced. Included in the 2018 report are over 300 different commodities, 76 of which have a gross value in excess of $1,000,000,” Cregan wrote in her letter to the board.

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