Despite Drought, California Farmers Report Record High Crop Value
California farmers sold crops worth a record $54 billion, according to new numbers released from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The annual crop report is for the 2014 year. The numbers show a 5 percent increase in crop value versus the previous year, despite the drought.
Dairy products remained the state's number one crop at over $9 billion dollars statewide. Almonds came in second at nearly $6 billion. The report only tracks the total value of the crops grown by the state's 76,000 farmers, not profit. The state estimates that the drought cost farmers about $2 billion overall.