Facts about Agriculture

Tulare County Agricultural Facts

Updated October 1, 2018

About Tulare County's Farms

Tulare County leads the nation in dairy production.  Milk is the first agricultural commodity worth $1.68 billion in the 2018 report. Tulare County also ranks again in the top 3 of all farm counties in America.  Fresno #1, Kern #2, Tulare #3.   The rankings frequently change with each year's report.

Agriculture is the largest private employer in the county with farm employment accounting for nearly a quarter of all jobs. Processing, manufacturing, and service to the agriculture industry provides many other related jobs. Six of the top fifteen employers in the county are food handling or processing companies, which includes fruit packing houses and dairy processing plants. 1 in every 5 jobs in the San Joaquin Valley is directly related to agriculture.

The wonderful climate and geography lend to our ability to be extremely productive and produce many unique specialty crops including numerous varieties of citrus, stone fruits (nectarines, peaches, plums), nut crops, berries, livestock, hay and silage crops, and of course lots of milk! Tulare County produces over 240 agricultural crops for human consumption, livestock feed, and seed crops. 

If Tulare County were a state, it would rank very high in the U.S. in agricultural production. The county has 45 crops worth more than $1 Million each in farm gate gross value.

In 2018, total gross production value for the county of Tulare was $7.2 billion, up 2.5% from the 2017 values.

The county also has an important role in exports, and in 2018 exported products to 80 countries.  Leading Export Countries for Tulare County are: China, Republic of Korea, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, Philippines, New Zealand and India.   Tulare County is the #1 exporting county in the nation, over 26,790 federal phyto-sanitary certificates were issued for shipments going to export in 2018

Tulare County’s Top 10 Crops for 2018

1. Milk

2018 - $1.68 billion

2017 - $1.7 billion

2. Grapes

2018 - $834 million

2017 - $904 million

3. Oranges - Navels and Valencias

2018 - $821 million

2017 - $770 million

4. Cattle and Calves

2018 - $616 million

2017 - $637 million

5. Tangerines Fresh

2018 - $511 million

2017 - $462 million

6. Pistachio Nuts

2018 - $394 million

2017 - $342 million

7. Peach cling and freestone

2018 - $303 million

2017 - $328 million

8. Almond Meats & Hulls

2018 - $300 million

2017 - $269 million

9. Walnuts

2018 - $225 million

10. Corn - Grain & Silage

2018- $164 million
2017 - $164 million



                

* Statistics reported on this page and more can be viewed in the:

2018 Full Report: Tulare County Crop and Livestock Report

Tulare County Agriculture Commissioner website

Phone: 559-688-3350

FAX: 559-685-3335

Agricultural Building
4437 S Laspina, Suite A
Tulare, CA 93274

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