Facts, Figures & FAQs
Farming supports local families - 2 in 5 households relies on income related to agriculture which supports 45,000 jobs.
Farming supports the local economy - Agriculture contributes over $4.38 billion per year to Monterey County’s economic output, with a total estimated impact of over $9.2 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 celerey, 56% of head lettuce, 48% of brocolli, 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.
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?
Strawberries, Leaf Lettuce, Head Lettuce, Broccoli, Nursery stock, Wine Grapes, Celery, Cauliflower, and Spinach
- Which crops increased production the most in the past year?
Dry onions increased production by 57%, followed by cauliflower with an increase of 48% and broccoli with an increase of 35%
- How many acres produce crops in Monterey County?
369,187 acres in current production including range lands
- How much of crop production on irrigated lands are using drip irrigation tape?
Approx. 60% 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? 45,992 acres including range lands
- What is the total pounds of crops exported from the Salinas Valley region?
740,219,528 pounds of fruits and vegetables are exported to other countries
- What crops are the leaders in exported fruits and vegetables?
Lettuce, Broccoli, Celery, Strawberries, and Cauliflower
- What are Monterey County's largest trading partners, internationally?
Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, and Hong Kong