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County Agriculture

2020 Report on Agriculture

Merced County agriculture commodities grossed $3,401,610,000 in 2020.

Top 10 Commodities



Did you know cows produce about 9 gallons of milk per day, and about 3,000 gallons each year?



Did you know Almonds are not a nut, but actually a fruit? They are a close relative to the peach and nectarine, this is why the almond hull is fuzzy like a peach skin.



The United States alone consumes 8 billion chickens a year, and around 250 eggs per capita.


Sweet potatoes

Did you know California Sweet Potatoes contain manganese? Manganese is a mineral that helps support healthy blood sugar levels, which can help stabilize the appetite for hours.


cattle & Calves

Did you know cows don't have 4 stomachs, but actually 1 stomach with 4 chambers?



Did you know tomatoes are a fruit not a vegetable? But in 1893 the Supreme Court  ruled that tomatoes were a vegetable in the case of "NIX v. HEDDEN"!


Corn (silage)

Did you know Dent corn (silage) is primarily used as feed for animals, but is also processed into thousands of items: starch (baby food, salad dressing, glue); corn syrup (soda, fireworks, adhesives); dextrose (bakery goods, fruit juices, antibiotics); and oil (margarine, soap, paint)?



Misc. Vegetables

Bell peppers are usually sold green, but they can also ripen to be the colors red, orange, yellow, or purple!


Nursery Products

Across the state the nursery industry employs about 190,000 people with a total annual economic impact of $11.3 billion!


Eggs (Chicken)

Each large egg contains 6 grams of protein and 14 important nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, folate, iron and zinc. Eggs are one of the few foods considered to be a complete protein because they contain all 9 essential amino acids.

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