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Ag production data for 2017 show value increase in California

The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has released its first production data summaries for 2017 in California, with a total for the year of $50.13 billion, an increase of $3.7 billion from 2016, or six percent. The ERS also provided an upward revision its production figure for 2016, changing it from $46.04 billion to $47.4 billion. Please note that the 2017 figure is subject to revision, as well.

California remains the leading agricultural state in the nation, with about 13 percent of total US production. California leads the country in dairy production and many other commodities, and it provides roughly half of the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables.

Here are the Top-10 California commodities for 2017:

  1. Dairy products, Milk – $6.56 billion
  2. Grapes – $5.79 billion
  3. Almonds – $5.6 billion
  4. Strawberries – $3.1 billion
  5. Cattle and Calves – $2.63 billion
  6. Lettuce – $2.41 billion
  7. Walnuts – $1.59 billion
  8. Tomatoes – $1.05 billion
  9. Pistachios – $1.01 billion
  10. Broilers (Chickens) – $939 million

More in-depth production data will be provided by the ERS in the weeks and months to come, and California Ag export statistics as well as California counties reports will be completed in a collaborative effort between CDFA, the USDA and the University of California at Davis.

Link to CDFA’s Statistics page

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