Facts about Agriculture

Tulare County Agricultural Facts

updated September 5, 2016

About Tulare County's Farms

Tulare County leads the nation in dairy production.  Milk is the first agricultural commodity worth $1.7 billion in the 2015 report. Tulare County also ranks again as the #1 largest agricultural producing county in the entire nation.  The title of #1 was retained by Tulare County in 2015 in light of our neighbor to the north, Fresno County being severely impacted in their acreage values by the water restrictions and drought conditions the past three years, causing their gross receipts to be lower than Tulare County.

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 2015, total gross production value for the county of Tulare was $6.9 billion, down 13% from 2014, 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 2015 exported products to 75 countries.  Leading Export Countries for Tulare County are: Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Mexico, Taiwan, Australia, Netherlands,  Philippines, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.


Tulare County’s Top 10 Crops for 2015

1. Milk

2015 - $1.7 billion

2014 - $2.5 billion

 

2. Cattle and Calves

2015 - $941 million

2014 - $979 million

 

3. Oranges: Navels & Valencias

2015 - $819 million

2014 - $962 million

 

4. Grapes

2015 - $643 million

2014 - $723 million

 

5. Almond Meats & Hulls

2015 - $322 million

2014 - $406 million

 

6. Tangerines Fresh

2015 - $302 million

2014 - $292 million

 

7. Corn - Grain & Silage

2015 - $282 million

2014 - $188 million

 

8. Silage - Small Grain

2015 - $224 million

2014 - $62 million

 

9. Pistachio Nuts

2015 - $208 million

2014 - $374 million

 

10. Walnuts

2015 - $197 million

2014 - $264 million

                

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

2015 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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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 $47 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. 
  • California accounts for more than ninety percent of all U.S. wine production and vineyard acreage.
  • 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 $21.5 billion of the state's food and agricultural commodities are shipped around the world every year.  
  • 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