Cal Big Part of New Ag Census

The California Department of Food And Agriculture and the USDA say California is a major player in the new Census of Agriculture.

Here are some highlights of the new census which uses data compiled from 2017.

The top commodities were: fruits and nuts with $17.5 billion in farmgate value, vegetables with $8.2 billion, milk with $6.5 billion, cattle and calves with $3.1 billion, and horticulture with $2.9 billion.

Fresno, Kern, Merced, Monterey, Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Tulare counties lead all U.S. counties in sales.

The average age of the California farmer is 59.2, up from 57.9 in 2012.

At 14,552 farms, California is the top state using renewable energy producing systems in agriculture.

Solar is the most common renewable energy producing system on farms and ranches in the Golden State.

Results are available in many online formats including video presentations, a new data query interface, maps, and traditional data tables.