California

State Quick Facts

Population
39,512,223

Total State GDP
 $3,137,469,000,000

State Land Area (Acres)
99,698,560

Land in Forest
32%

Land in Farms
24%

Number of Farms
69,900

Average Farm Size (acres)
348

Farm Real Estate Value (per acre) 
$10,000

Agricultural Cash Receipts 
 $49,820,451,000

Cash Receipts from Crops 
 $38,082,531,000

Cash Receipts from Animals 
 $11,737,920,000

Top Ag. Commodities

Dairy Products, Milk
$6,372,437,000

Grapes
$6,254,211,000

Almonds
$5,468,040,000

Miscellaneous Crops
$4,725,764,000

Cattle and Calves
 $3,189,177,000

Top Ag. Exports

Tree Nuts
 $8,017,811,924

Other Plant Products
$3,547,512,604

Fruits, Fresh
$2,988,880,690

Fruits, Processed
$2,555,932,679

Vegetables, Processed
$1,863,172,559

California Economic Contribution and Impact Research

In 2018, California generated around $49.8 billion in agricultural cash receipts with the highest valued commodities being dairy products, more specifically milk, grapes, and almonds. That same year, the value of California’s agricultural production and processing industries represented 2.8 percent of total state GDP. Some of the dollars generated by these industries end up being re-spent within the local economy, bringing additional value to the state through “multiplier effects.” Economic impact and contribution studies measure these effects, which can be broken down into direct, indirect, and induced economic effects.

Websites, reports, fact sheets, and articles related to the economic impacts and contributions of California’s food, fiber, and forest industries can be found below.

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Contribution and Impact Research Documents:

The following are current and historical studies, fact sheets, and articles related to California’s food, fiber, and forest industries.  These can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking the images or links below:

2020- Fact Sheet- Feeding the Economy, 2019
2018 – Fact Sheet – The Animal Feed and Pet Food Manufacturing Industry is Crucial to American Agriculture, Economy
2017 – Fact Sheet- AFPA State Industry Economic Impact
2016 – Report – Economic Analysis of Animal Agriculture 2005-2015
2016 – Report – The Contribution of Agriculture to Northeastern California’s Economy in 2014
2015 – Report – The Economic Impact of Food and Beverage Processing in California and Its Cities and Counties
2015 – Report – Impacts of California’s Ongoing Drought: Agriculture
2015 – Report – Economic Contributions of Monterey County Agriculture
2015 – Report – Economic Contributions of Contra Costa County Agriculture
2015 – Report – Contra Costa County 2015 Crop Report
2014 – Report – The Contribution of Agriculture to Northeastern California’s Economy in 2012
2013 – Report – The Economic Impact of Shellfish Aquaculture in Washington, Oregon and California
2013 – Report – The California Nursery Industry: Economic Impacts and Trends
2012 – Report – Contributions of Agriculture to Employment and the Economy in Southern California
2011 – Report – Pistachio Power: A Report on an Industry of Investment, Impact, and Return
2011 – Report – Economic Contributions of Santa Cruz County Agriculture
2011 – Report – Economic Contributions of Santa Barbara County Agriculture
2011 – Report – Economic Contributions of San Mateo County Agriculture
2011 – Report – Economic Contributions of Monterey County Agriculture
2011 – Report – California Ripe Olives: Growing the Golden State’s Economic Strength
2011 – Report – California Agriculture’s Role in the Economy and Water Use Characteristics
2009 – Report – The Measure of California Agriculture, Chapter 5: Agriculture’s Role in the Economy
2007 – Report – Santa Barbara County Agricultural Resources Environmental/Economic Assessment (AREA) Study
2005 – Report – Economic Impact of Wine and Vineyards in Napa County
2004 – Report – The Economic Impact of California Specialty Crops: A Regional Perspective
1995 – Article – Embargo on California Produce Would Cause Revenue, Job Loss

 

*As of 2018, no standard methodology exists for producing economic impact or economic contribution reports.  Please exercise caution when viewing and comparing reports as each may vary significantly in terms of source data and analysis and reporting methodology.