Butte County crop report shows $65 million decrease

Butte County’s gross value for agricultural production in 2018 was $631 million, representing a decrease of nearly $65 million from 2017.

Posted: Sep 24, 2019 2:30 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Butte County’s gross value for agricultural production in 2018 was $631 million, representing a decrease of nearly $65 million from 2017.

The report shows the industry made nearly $632 million in 2018. The county said the biggest hit to the industry was walnuts due to lower prices.

Rice, Almonds, Walnuts, and Prunes led the way for the 2018 crop values.

Rice was the number one crop valued at just over $161 million. Almonds came in as the number two crop at $155.5 million beating out Walnuts by $1 million followed by Prunes at over $31 million.

Agriculture is still the number one industry in the county, Butte County exports to 74 countries and eight U.S. stories.

Below is a statement from the press release on the report:

“Butte County crop production was down almost 10% overall in 2018 compared to 2017. The walnut industry, due to significantly lower prices led to a decrease of over $100 million compared to the previous year. Lower production and price also affected prune growers, resulting in a decrease of almost $4 million. We did see increased values for other commodities especially for almonds and rice in 2018 – almond production increased by over $17 million and rice by $16 million to help offset some of the commodity decreases”. Agriculture is still the number one industry in Butte County and contributes to our economy in the form of employment, labor income and value-added,” said Butte County Agricultural Commissioner Louie Mendoza. “About one in five jobs in our area is attributed to agriculture.”

To read the full Butte County crop report, CLICK HERE

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