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2017 Butte County Crop Report

Tuesday, September 11, 2018/Categories: News and Announcements

For Immediate Release: September 11, 2018
Media Contact: Louie B. Mendoza, Jr., Butte County Agricultural Commissioner, 530.538.7381

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Butte County’s gross value for agricultural production in 2017 was $696,563,214 – representing an increase of nearly $776,000 from the previous year ($695,787,317).

Walnuts (English), rice, almonds and prunes led the way for 2017 crop values. Walnuts continued to be the number one crop that generated close to $255 million in gross value. Rice became the number two crop in the county at $145.5 million. Almonds dropped to the number three crop at just over $138 million. Prune growers had a bounce back year in 2017 and remained number four at $35 million.

“Butte County farmers realized similar overall prices for their crops in 2017 compared to previous year’s values. It’s the main reason why our agriculture industry was able to have a slight overall increase in crop value.  Agriculture is still the number one industry in Butte County and contributes to our economy in the form of employment, labor income and value added,” said Butte County Agriculture Commissioner Louie Mendoza.  “About one in five jobs in our area is attributed to agriculture.”

Butte County’s Agricultural impacts go far beyond the orchards, fields, farmers and farm workers. Each dollar earned within agriculture fuels a more vigorous economy by stimulating additional activity in the form of jobs, labor income and value added such as generating business in banking, marketing, transportation, and other services. The contribution of agriculture accounts for nearly 1.7 million jobs in California.[1]

Butte County agricultural exports to other countries did experience a slight decrease in 2017. Export destinations range from Algeria to Vietnam, with 63 countries and 10 states importing Butte County agricultural products. Indications at this point are that the number of agricultural exports will continue to stay resilient as products remain in demand.

The figures presented in this report are estimated gross values with no consideration of production costs and do not reflect net income to producers.

The 2017 Butte County Crop Report is available online at: http://www.buttecounty.net/agriculturalcommissioner/Documents/CropReports.aspx.  


[1] The Contribution of Agriculture to Northeastern California’s Economy in 2016

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