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California Ag Production Exceeds $44 billion in 2012 – From the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service

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California’s 80,500 farms and ranches received a record high $44.7 billion for their output last year. The State’s agriculture revenues increased 3 percent for 2012 from the revised 2011 income level of $43.3 billion, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and Economic Research Service. California’s cash receipts represented 11.3 percent of the U.S. total for 2012 …

… California remains the number one dairy state in the nation, producing 20.9 percent of the nation’s milk supply last year … Twelve California products exceeded $1 billion in receipts for 2012, one more than in 2011. Nine of the twelve commodities registered an increase in value. The commodity with the largest percentage increase with receipts over $1 billion was Pistachios, at a 27 percent increase in value. All three of the major nut crops, almond, walnuts, and pistachios exceeded the billion dollar threshold.

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