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California Agricultural Production Statistics

2016 Crop Year Report
In 2016 California’s farms and ranches received approximately $45.3 billion for their output. This represents a decrease of nearly four percent compared to 2015. California remains the leading US state in cash farm receipts.

California’s agricultural abundance includes more than 400 commodities. Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California. California’s top-10 valued commodities for 2016 are:

  • Milk and Cream— $6.07 billion
  • Grapes — $5.58 billion
  • Almonds — $5.16 billion
  • Cattle and Calves — $2.53 billion
  • Lettuce — $1.96 billion
  • Strawberries — $1.83 billion
  • Pistachios — $1.5 billion
  • Tomatoes — $1.33 billion
  • Walnuts — $1.24 billion
  • Broilers — $801 million

More comprehensive data for 2016, including export data, are still being compiled and will be released at a later date.

California agricultural statistics derive primarily from the United States Department of Agriculture/National Agricultural Statistics Services (USDA/NASS) reports. The California Department of Food and Agriculture also publishes statistics related to California dairy production and, in cooperation with the University of California at Davis, statistics for California agricultural exports. For most timely research into California dairy statistics, please see our dairy pages under Division of Marketing Services. Please see also links in the right hand column for USDA National Agricultural Statistics and Economic Research Service reporting. For county-level reporting please see the CDFA County Liaison site.

Annual crop year reports have been reproduced below for your convenience.