published on August 24, 2016 - 6:26 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Madera County crop values declined 11 percent in 2015 to $2 billion, according to Agricultural Commissioner Stevie McNeil, who presented the annual crop report to the board of supervisors on Tuesday.

The drop in values was due to a worldwide decline in commodity prices last year, with milk, nuts and grapes all losing value compared to 2014.

Milk produced in Madera County plunged 40 percent in 2015 to $254 million. Pistachios also plummeted 40 percent to $174 million while walnuts were down a whopping 46 percent to $5.8 million. Grape values also fell 6 percent to $298 million.

Crops gaining in value included processing tomatoes, cherries, almonds, olives and olive oil.

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