Written by The Business Journal Staff
The gross value of Madera County farm products was $1.81 billion in 2016, a 9.8 percent decrease from 2015.
Falling prices for nuts were one factor for the slip in total values.
“This reflects the effects of certain commodity price factor decreases, particularly in almonds, as market prices continue to stabilize”, said Stevie McNeill, Madera County ag commissioner, in a statement.
The 2016 crop value for Madera County ranks it No. 10 among California’s 58 counties for total agricultural production. Kern County beat out Tulare County for the top spot. Fresno, Madera, Tulare and Kings counties all recorded a drop in ag values last year.
Almonds retained the top crop rank for the seventh year in a row in Madera County, with a value of $593.48 million, down significantly from $787.6 million in 2015. Milk overtook grapes for the No. 2 spot, with a value of $271.8 million. Grapes rounded out the top 3 with a value of $270.59 million. Pistachios and cattle & calves came in fourth and fifth, respectively.