The gross value of all agricultural products in Sacramento has topped all previous records, Agriculture Commissioner
Chris Flores told the county Board of Supervisors on Sep. 24. The value increased by $24 million in 2018, pushing the gross production number past the half-billion-dollar mark.
The gross value was $520,613, 000, which translates to “the greatest amount of agricultural production in our county, ever,” Flores said.
Wine grapes continue to be the county’s leading commodity. More than 30 varietals of wine grapes are grown on more than 36,000 acres in Sacramento County. Harvested wine grapes are sold to home winemakers, small boutique wineries and large production wineries across California.
Every year, the value of specific commodities rises or falls based on weather, supply and demand, and market forces. In 2018, wheat, rice and almonds (among other crops) experienced slight increases. Poultry, pears and tomatoes (among others) experienced slight downturns.
Top 10 Commodities Produced in Sacramento County in 2018:
- Wine Grapes
- Nursery stock
- Aquaculture (fish, crustaceans, mollusks and aquatic plants)
- Hay (alfalfa)
- Cattle & Calves
- Field Corn
County agriculture puts the “farm” in the farm-to-fork movement, with more than 500 farmers, growers and agricultural producers making their home in Sacramento County. Most farms and dairies are family-owned.
The 2018 Crop and Livestock report can be found in Sacramento County libraries and on the Sacramento County Agricultural Commissioner’s website