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 $1.7 billion in the 2017 report. Tulare County also ranks again in the top 3 of all farm counties in America. Kern County is #1 for the 2017 crop report year, Tulare County 2nd, and Fresno county 3rd in ranking.

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 2017, total gross production value for the county of Tulare was $7 billion, up 10.5% from the 2016 values.

The county also has an important role in exports, and in 2017 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, 30,163 federal phyto-sanitary certificates were issued for shipments going to export in 2017.

Tulare County’s Top 10 Crops for 2017

1. Milk

2017 - $1.7 billion

2016 - $1.6 billion

2. Grapes

2017 - $904 million

2016 - $643 million

3. Oranges - Navels and Valencias

2017 - $770 million

2016 - $600 million

4. Cattle and Calves

2017 - $637 million

2016 - $660 million

5. Tangerines Fresh

2017 - $462 million

2016 - $600 million

6. Pistachio Nuts

2017 - $342 million

2016 - $339 million

7. Almond Meats & Hulls

2017 - $328 million

2016 - $301 million

8. Peach cling and freestone

2017 - $269 million

2016 - $115 million

9. Lemons

2017 - $171 million

2016 - $117 million

10. Corn - Grain & Silage

2017 - $164 million

2016 - $186 million


                

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

2017 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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