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Specialty crops bolstered Top 10 US commodity cash receipts in 2018

The California Department of Food and Agriculture issued an initial overview of agriculture cash receipts for last year. The industry overall received almost $50 million, which is up from 2017’s adjusted totals.

Grapes, tomatoes and oranges all saw an increase in revenues last year compared to 2017. Pistachios, who may have seen the most significant increase in the report, jumped over a million dollars and up to fifth on the top-ten list.

Dairy remained the number one crop on the production list but did see a decline in the early numbers. Almonds, strawberries and lettuce also saw a slight decrease. The top-ten producing crops for 2018 in order were dairy, grapes, almonds, cattle/calves, pistachios, strawberries, lettuce, floriculture, tomatoes and onions.

As reported by, over one-third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of the nation’s fruit continues to be grown in California, accounting for 13 percent of the country’s total value for 2018.

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