Facts about Agriculture

Tulare County Agricultural Facts

Updated February 1, 2018

About Tulare County's Farms

Tulare County leads the nation in dairy production.  Milk is the first agricultural commodity worth $1.6 billion in the 2016 report. Tulare County also ranks again in the top 3 of all farm counties in America. Kern and Fresno were respectively #1 and #2 this past year.  

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 2016, total gross production value for the county of Tulare was $6.3 billion, down 8.8% from 2015, mostly due to changes in planted acreage, and largely impacted by the drought and a decrease in milk prices.

The county also has an important role in exports, and in 2016 exported products to 75 countries.  Leading Export Countries for Tulare County are: Republic of Korea, China, Japan, Mexico, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, Philippines,  Malaysia and Netherlands.

Tulare County’s Top 10 Crops for 2016

1. Milk

2016 - $1.6 billion

2015 - $1.7 billion

2. Oranges: Navels & Valencias

2016 - $838 million

2015 - $819 million

3. Cattle and Calves

2016 - $660 million

2015 - $941 million

4. Grapes

2016 - $600 million

2015 - $643 million

5. Tangerines Fresh

2016 - $600 million

2015 - $302 million

6. Pistachio Nuts

2016 - $339 million

2015 - $208 million

7. Almond Meats & Hulls

2016 - $301 million

2015 - $322 million

8. Corn - Grain & Silage

2016 - $186 million

2015 - $282 million

9. Walnuts

2016 - $137 million

2015 - $197 million

10. Lemons

2016 - $117 million

2015 - $88 million


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

2016 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


California is the Nation's Leading

Agricultural Producer

  • California is the leading state in the nation in cash receipts generated from agriculture, totaling more than $45.3 billion. The next largest farm states are:  Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, Indiana, North Carolina, and Wisconsin
  • California produces nearly 99% of all the commercial grown almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, raisins, kiwifruit, olives, clingstone peaches, persimmons, pistachios, dried plums (prunes) and walnuts consumed in the world.
  • Over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in California
  • California accounts for more than ninety percent of all U.S. wine production and vineyard acreage.
  • California remains the leading US state in cash farm receipts.
  • California has nearly 100 million acres of forestland.  Publicly owned land accounts for almost 50% of the entire state's land.
  • California is in first place when it comes to U.S. agricultural exports.  More than $20.6 billion of the state's food and agricultural commodities are shipped around the world every year. Top export crop is Almonds.  
  • California has about 4 percent of the nation's farming operations (79,700 farms), and generates 13 percent of nation's gross cash receipts.  The average farm size in California is 347 acres.

For more California Agriculture Stats Visit:

California Department of Food and Agriculture

Phone: (916) 654-0462
FAX: (916) 657-4240
Email: cdfapublicaffairs@cdfa.ca.gov

1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

updated February 1, 2018