Almonds #1, Pistachios #3 in Fresno County Crop Report
Ryan Jacobson is CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. “It's not a secret anymore. That, when you talk to San Joaquin Valley ag industry, you can't talk it without mentioning the strength that nuts have provided over the course of the past two decades,” said Jacobsen
Especially that big and growing almond crop. “We've seen continued acreage go in, even though we've seen some price declines in the last 12 months, overall, that industry has remained solid over the course of the last couple of decades. And it just continues to drive so much of the economic activity of our ag industry here,” Jacobsen said.
And almonds did stay number one in Fresno County. “It wasn't even close. I mean, almonds went up dramatically from 2018 to 2019, as far as their overall value. And we're talking about a crop that is our only billion- dollar crop, and it's worth almost $1.6 billion in 2019,” said Jacobsen.
Number two, when the County were grapes at $9.6 billion and pistachios came in at $6.6 billion.
“Pistachios are hopping up the list there. I mean, we're talking not that long ago. They weren't even in the top 10. And now they're number three,” said Jacobsen.