Monterey County Farm Bureau

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 $4.14 billion per year to Monterey County’s economic output, with a total impact of over $8.7 billion on the local economy.

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 10 Crops Produced in Monterey County?
    Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries, Head Lettuce, Broccoli, Nursery stock, Wine Grapes, Celery, Spinach, Misc. Vegetables, and Cauliflower
  • Which corp increased production the most in the past decade?
    Strawberries, posting a 10% increase in 2012
  • How many acres produce crops in Monterey County?
    176,992 acres in current production
  • How many acres are irrigated using drip irrigation tape?
    105,700 acres utilize water-conserving drip irrigation tape as their main delivery method
  • 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
  • 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