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published on November 16, 2021 - 1:46 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

Fresno County’s farm production last year came to just shy of $8 billion, making it once again the nation’s top agricultural county.

That’s according to Fresno County Ag Commissioner Melissa Cregan, who presented the report to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Overall 2020 production was valued at $7.98 billion, up 2.86% or $222.09 million from 2019.

The top valued commodity was almonds once again, worth $1.25 billion last year, down slightly from $1.57 billion in 2019. Grapes returned to the billion-dollar club as they last were in 2018, hitting $1.04 billion — up from $962.85 million in 2019.

Pistachios ranked third at $761.96 million, followed by poultry at $464.56 million. Milk at $464.56 million rounds out the top 5.

The crop report covers the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, as consumers raced to grocery stores for supplies and consumers saw some of the first glimpses of supply-chain issues that are driving inflation in today’s economy.

“While 2020 was a year that will always be remembered for its shuttered markets, significant price fluctuations, supply chain complications and workforce challenges, our agricultural community pulled together to continue to feed and clothe people both near and far, said Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen.

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