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California Agricultural Production Statistics

2017 Crop Year — Top 10 Commodities for California Agriculture
In 2017, California’s farms and ranches received over $50 billion in cash receipts for their output. This represents an increase of almost 6 percent compared to 2016 1.

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 is the leading US state for cash farm receipts, accounting for over 13 percent of the nation’s total agricultural value. The top producing commodities for 2017 include:

  • Dairy Products, Milk — $6.56 billion
  • Grapes — $5.79 billion
  • Almonds — $5.60 billion
  • Strawberries — $3.10 billion
  • Cattle and Calves — $2.53 billion
  • Lettuce — $2.41 billion
  • Walnuts — $1.59 billion
  • Tomatoes — $1.05 billion
  • Pistachios — $1.01 billion
  • Broilers — $939 million

California agricultural exports totaled $20.04 billion for 2016. Export statistics for 2017 are still under development and expected to be made available late in 2018. Top commodities for export in 2016 included almonds, wine, dairy and dairy products, walnuts and pistachios. Export statistics are produced by the University of California, Davis, Agricultural Issues Center.

Note: The 2017 Crop Year Report is scheduled for release in late 2018. For most recent agricultural statistics, please use the links on the right side of this page to query the USDA Economic Research Service data as well as the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. California dairy industry statistics are made available in Spring following the crop year and are available through the CDFA Dairy Marketing pages. For detailed county-level data please follow the links on the right or visit the CDFA County Liaison pages.

Please click on an annual crop year report cover below to view the full report.

1 Based on USDA ERS figures published as of August 30, 2018