Fresno County in California has held its top spot as the leading county for gross agricultural output in the US. At just $212 million in gross agricultural output between No. 1 -Fresno County- and No. 3 -Tulare County-, the fact that all three have exceeded $7 billion in value each of the previous three reporting years – 2017 through 2019 – is a testament to the agricultural output of the region.
At over $7.71 billion in gross receipts for 2019, Fresno's crop values were 2.3% lower than its record year of $7.9 billion in 2018, which also led all counties in gross agricultural output.
According to Ryan Jacobsen, chief executive officer, Fresno County Farm Bureau, a general softening of commodity prices may have played a part in the reduced value.
Fresno County farmers harvested over 264,000 acres of almonds across the county in 2019. Total production that year was up 29 percent to 309,000 tons, or almost one-quarter of all the almonds produced in California.
Almond values, which include the edible nut and the hull sold for livestock feed, exceeded $1.57 billion in gross value on yields that were up 21 percent over the previous year.
At No. 2, grape values slipped below $1 billion on softer prices. Raisins remain the most popular type grown at over 81,000 acres. Wine grape varieties were harvested from over 53,000 acres as table varieties were picked from 29,000 acres. The annual wine grape crush in Fresno County was reported at 699,000 tons, down from 711,000 tons the previous year.