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Fresno County Ag Value Declines in 2015

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Tree, nut & vine crops

Drought, lower commodity prices and production issues drive report down

The Fresno County Department of Agriculture’s 2015 Crop and Livestock Report was presented to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.  Overall, agricultural production in Fresno County totaled $6.61 billion, showing a 6.55 percent decrease from 2014’s $7.04 billion.

“The strength of Fresno County’s agricultural industry is based upon the diversity of crops produced.  This year’s report covers nearly 400 commodities, of which, 62 exceed $1 million in value,” said Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer of Weights and Measures Les Wright.

“The lack of a reliable water supply continues to fallow productive land,” Wright continued.

The annual crop report provides a chance to examine changes and trends in crop acreage and yields.  Amounts in the report reflect the gross income values only (income before expenses) and does not reflect net return to producers.

According to the released figures, an increase was seen in vegetable crops (4.95% = $59,025,000).  Decreases occurred in field crops (41.99% = $134,995,000), seed crops (30.80% = $10,437,000), fruit and nut crops (6.6% = $229,551,000), nursery products (25.65% = $16,088,000), livestock and poultry (9.44% = $118,769,000), livestock and poultry products (31.38% = $199,769,000), apiary (2.39% = $1,735,000) and industrial crops (54.38% = $3,992,000).

“Every day, millions throughout the world are eating food that originated in Fresno County,” said FCFB CEO Ryan Jacobsen.  “The magnitude of this industry does not occur by happenstance.  Generation upon generation of agricultural infrastructure has been built to feed an unbelievably productive, wholesome and affordable food supply.

“I continue to remind all-eaters; elected officials; local residents who benefit from a healthy, vibrant farm economy; and those whose jobs depend upon agriculture-that we must not take what we have for granted,” continued Jacobsen.  “By not addressing our challenges head-on, whether it be water supply reductions, labor issues, governmental red-tape, etc., we are allowing our economy, our food and our people to wilt away. The direction of the Valley’s agricultural industry explicitly determines the direction of the Valley as a whole.”

One popular component of the report is review of the county’s “Top 10 Crops,” which offers a quick glimpse of the diversity of products grown here. In 2015, these crops accounted for three-fourths of the report’s value.  Added to this year’s list was mandarins (9) and oranges (10).  Mandarin demand continues to push acreage upwards.  Dropping out of the Top 10 was pistachios and cotton.  Pistachio production was significantly reduced last year due to the “blanking” issue that left many shells without nuts, and cotton acreage continues to be depressed due to reduced water supplies and fallowed land.

For a copy of the full crop report, contact FCFB at 559-237-0263 or

Fresno County’s Top 10 Crops-2015

1. Almonds
2015 – $1.206 billion
2014 – $1.302 billion
2. Grapes
2015 – $896.295 million
2014 – $905.099 million
3. Poultry
2015 – $561.146 million
2014 – $654.760 million
4. Cattle & Calves
2015 – $551.989 million
2014 – $574.875 million
5. Tomatoes
2015 – $520.146 million
2014 – $524.349 million
6. Milk
2015 – $436.765 million
2014 – $636.534 million
7. Peaches
2015 – $224.597 million
2014 – $193.114 million
8. Garlic
2015 – $198.800 million
2014 – $202.710 million
9. Mandarins
2015 – $197.622 million
2014 – $72.842 million
10. Oranges
2015 – $153.811 million
2014 – $133.567 million

Source: Fresno County Department of Agriculture 2014 and 2015 Crop and Livestock Reports