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published on October 2, 2019 - 1:36 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Madera County farmers produced $2.05 billion worth of goods in 2018, up 4.31% from the year prior, according to the annual crop report released Tuesday.

Stevie McNeill, Madera County agricultural commissioner, unveiled the annual report that said almonds continue to be the No. 1 crop in terms of gross value at $730.66 million, up about 1% from 2017.

In 2017, milk held the No. 2 spot for all crops. But the commodity slipped about 7% to a value of $291.74 million last year due to low prices, earning it a No. 4 rank for 2018.

Grapes took the No. 2 spot last year with a value of $307.65 million, followed by pistachio at No. 3 with $296.6 million in gross receipts.

Pollination services rounded out the top five, with a value of $56.16 million.

Madera is the third of four Central Valley counties to release its annual crop report for 2018. Fresno County crops had a record-shattering value of $7.88 billion last year, while Kings County saw a near record of $2.3 billion.

Tulare County’s annual crop report is expected to be released next week.

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