Agriculture

Fresno County boasts record $7.9bil in ag production in 2018

Crop value is at an all-time high in Fresno County. 

The total gross production value for the County of Fresno’s crops in 2018 registered at $7,887,583,790, an increase of 12.23 percent from 2017. 

Agricultural Commissioner Melissa Cregan submitted the 2018 report to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. 

In the report, Cregan said Fresno County supplies the highest quality of food and fiber nationwide as well as internationally to more than 95 countries. 

The previous all-time record year was 2014 at $7.06 billion. 

Almonds lead the pack as the most valuable crop at $1.17 billion, edging out grapes for the No. 1 spot. 

RankCrop2018 Total Value
1Almonds$1,178,182,069
2Grapes$1,106,858,236
3Pistachios$862,144,401
4Poultry$596,477,120
5Garlic$435,339,722
6Milk$415,812,000
7Cattle$392,235,000
8Onions$370,383,721
9Tomatoes$324,508,042
10Mandarins$234,968,779

Garlic rose 7 spots from 12th last year to 5th this year, and onions are the other big riser, going from 13th to 8th. 

In the 2008 rankings, grapes held the top spot, followed by almonds. Pistachios have seen the largest gain in the last 10 years, previously coming in at No. 13 in 2008. 

The top three international export shipments from Fresno County were to Mexico, Canada and Taiwan. 

Fruit and nut crops made up over half of the total value, coming in at 55.25 percent. The only other crops that made up over five percent are vegetables at 19.27 percent, livestock at 12.55 percent and milk at 5.27 percent. 

The full report can be viewed here.

Daniel Gligich
Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.