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Cover of the 2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Crop Report

Author: Brenda Ouwerkerk
Date: 7/6/2017 4:37:26 PM

The Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures announces the release of the 2016 Annual Crop Report featuring production statistics for the local agricultural industry and a closer look at the Department’s Pest Detection Program.

The total gross crop value for 2016 is $914,724,000.  “Despite challenges caused by the ongoing drought, the overall value of agricultural production in 2016 increased by 10% compared to 2015,” according to Martin Settevendemie, County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer.  Settevendemie cautioned the statistics only represent commodity gross values and do reflect net profits received by producers.  Also, reported values do not include multipliers related to secondary economic benefits to the community.  “Ideal growing conditions and strong markets benefitted some commodities such as wine grapes and avocados.  Conversely, cattle, vegetable, and nursery stock producers faced low market prices while struggling with the cumulative impacts of the ongoing drought”.

“The significant contributions local agriculture brings to the county continued in 2016.  Despite the challenges of the ongoing drought and wide fluctuations in market prices, agriculture remains strong and diverse in San Luis Obispo County,” explained Settevendemie. 

The new 2016 Annual Crop Report can be downloaded from the Current Crop Report section. Historical Crop Reports can be found in our Crop Report Archive