Madera County is ranked No. 10 in California with ag production last year valued at $1.95 billion, a decrease of $52.03 million, or 2.6% year-on-year. According to Ag Commissioner Rusty Landsberger, the losses can be traced back to Covid-19 conditions, ongoing drought, water deliveries, labor shortages, export markets and decreased commodity values.
In 2020, shipping disruptions upended export markets, negatively impacting Madera County’s nut crop. Almonds retained their number 1 spot, while pistachios booted grape products to take the number 3 position. Figs moved to number 7 after not being in the top ten in 2019.
Across the board, grape acreage dropped in 2020 from 2019. A slight increase in values for table grapes was not enough to counteract a 500-acre decrease. Combined with a decrease in productivity, the value of table grapes declined to $32.49 million from $44.26 million.
In all, thebusinessjournal.com reports, fruits and nuts declined to $1.34 billion from $1.42 billion in 2019.