Agriculture

Fresno County crop values rebound, rising to $7 billion

Almonds was Fresno County’s top crop in 2017, generating a total value of $1.2 billion.
Almonds was Fresno County’s top crop in 2017, generating a total value of $1.2 billion. Fresno Bee file

Fresno County’s overall crop values rebounded last year, growing by nearly 14 percent and topping $7 billion.

The county’s top crop again was almonds with a value of $1.2 billion, followed by grapes at $951 million, poultry at $605 million, pistachios at $517 million and milk at $441 million.

“The San Joaquin Valley is the food capital of the world and Fresno County is its heart,” said Les Wright, Fresno County agricultural commissioner during Tuesday’s presentation of the 2017 Crop and Livestock report to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.

Higher crop prices and strong consumer demand helped boost values for many of Fresno County’s crops. One crop that continues to rise in prominence is mandarins. Of the county’s top 10 crops, it moved from the 11th position to sixth with a crop valued at $427 million.

“The last 10 years we’ve seen a big huge increase in the seedless mandarins, the Cuties, etcetera, there’s a lot being planted,” Wright said.

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