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How Big Is California’s Agricultural Sector?

California’s agricultural sector is the largest in the US in terms of food production, with more than 450 types of crops produced in the state — many of them being exclusive to the state. Total agricultural sales in California were more than $44 billion US Dollars (USD) in 2012, up 3% from 2011. Milk took in the most money, at more than $6 billion USD, followed by grapes and almonds at more than $4 billion USD each. In addition to having one of the top agricultural sectors in the US, California also is the world's No. 5 supplier of agricultural commodities, including food and cotton fiber.

More about California agriculture:

  • Only 4% of the farmland in the US is located in California, even though it is one of the top agricultural producers in the country.

  • California is the only US state that produces almonds, and it is the top almond exporter in the world.

  • About 90% of the wine made in the US is made in California, and the state is the No. 4 producer of wine worldwide.

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