Monterey County Farm Bureau

Facts, Figures & FAQs

Farming supports local families - nearly 1 in 4 households relies on income related to agriculture which supports 76,054 jobs.

Farming supports the local economy - Agriculture contributes over $4.4 billion per year to Monterey County’s economic output, with a total estimated impact of over $8.1 billion on the local economy.

Monterey County feeds our Nation - crops grown in Monterey County supply large percentages of total national pounds produced each year:  61% of leaf lettuce, 57% of celery, 56% of head lettuce, 48% of broccoli, 38% of spinach, 30% of cauliflower, 28% of strawberries, and 3.6% of wine grapes.

Farming provides a healthy local food supply – Monterey County farmers are among the most productive and efficient in the world, growing more than 150 crops.

Farmers care about our natural resources - irrigation water use has decreased by 15% in the past two decades due to irrigation efficiency practices and new technology, while increasing crop production values by 45%.

We are a local voice for agriculture – Monterey County Farm Bureau has been working to sustain local food and farmers since 1917.

Farming shapes the local landscape – for every acre of buildings and pavement in Monterey County there are four acres of strawberries, lettuce, grapes, or other crops.

Farming supports local communities – Agriculture generates tax revenues for Monterey County supporting services that enhance everyone’s quality of life.


  • What are the Top Crops Produced in Monterey County?
    Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries, Head Lettuce, Broccoli, Nursery stock, Wine Grapes, Cauliflower, Celery and Spinach
  • Which crop increased production the most in the past years?
    Wine grape production value increased by 28.5% in 2016
  • How many acres produce crops in Monterey County?
    393,315 acres in current production including range lands
  • How much of crop production on irrigated lands are using drip irrigation tape?
    Approx. 72% of crops utilize water-conserving drip irrigation tape as their main delivery method for irrigation
  • How many acres of crop production utilize time clocks to maintain irrigation applications?
    153,715 acres utilize time clocks and pressure switches to maintain schedules
  • How many acres of crop production are in organic products? 32,947 acres, increase of 7% year-to-year, with gross sales of $365,199,000
  • What is the total pounds of crops exported from the Salinas Valley region?
    424,060,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables are exported to other countries (2017)
  • What crops are the leaders in exported fruits and vegetables?
    Lettuce, Strawberries, Boccoli, Cauliflower, and Celery
  • What are Monterey County's largest trading partners, internationally?
    Canada, Taiwan, Mesico, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea, European Union and Hong Kong


2015 Farms & Land in Farms Reporting (courtesy of USDA)

  • Number of U.S. farms estimated to be at 2.07 million, a decrease of 18,000 farms from 2014
  • Total U.S. land in farms decreased by 1 million acres from 2014 to 912 million acres
  • Approximately 1.04 million farms report income of less than $10,000 annually
  • Small farms, as a class reporting less than $100,000 in gross farm gate value, declined by 5.27 million acres, while farms reporting over $1 million or more of gross farm gate value increased by 1.57 million acres
  • The average farm size continued to increase in 2015 to 441 acres/farm, up 3 acres from 2014
  • Farms generating $1 million or more in farm gate value represent 3.9% of total U.S. farms with 23.9% of total acreage
  • California reports 77,500 farms in 2015, up 100 farms from 2014, encompassing approximately 25.5 millin acres with an average farm size of 329 acres