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 $4.49 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 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?
Leaf Lettuce, Strawberries, Head Lettuce, Broccoli, Nursery stock, Wine Grapes, Celery, Cauliflower, and Spinach
- Which crops increased production the most in the past year?
Spinach increased procduction by 22% and leaf lettuce increased production by 15%
- 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? 46,579 acres including range lands
- What is the total pounds of crops exported from the Salinas Valley region?
744,230,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables are exported to other countries
- What crops are the leaders in exported fruits and vegetables?
Lettuce, Broccoli, Strawberries, Celery and Cauliflower
- What are Monterey County's largest trading partners, internationally?
Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, 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