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STOCKTON — Gross values of San Joaquin County’s agricultural production was down 15.51 percent in 2015 from one year earlier according to the Annual Report of Agricultural Production in San Joaquin County. County agricultural businesses produced goods and services with a gross value of $2,732,917,000 in 2015 according to the report.
Livestock and poultry products, such as milk eggs, wool and manure, took the biggest hit dropping 23.03 percent due largely to the lower price of milk.
Fruit and nut crops had the largest gross value topping in at more than $1.3 billion for county farmers. That represented 21 percent drop in the overall value of the county’s most valuable crops.
Field crops were hurt by the ongoing drought, dropping 19.76 percent, with a gross value of more than $271 million.
While overall values were down, a few categories did see some increase. Livestock and poultry, such as cattle, sheep, broilers and turkeys, saw a 48 percent jump in their value to more than $182 million. Nursery products, apiary products and vegetable crops all increased less than 10 percent for the year.
The report is produced yearly by the agricultural commissioner for the county board of supervisors and can be found by clicking here.