County Agriculture

2018 Report on Agriculture

Merced County agriculture commodities grossed $3,247,618,000 in 2018.

Top 10 Commodities

01

Dairy

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

02

Almonds

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.

03

Chickens

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

04

cattle & Calves

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

05

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.

06

tomatoes

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"!

07

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)?

08

hay(Alfalfa)

Did you know alfalfa is considered the premier forage of dairy cows. Thus, much of the milk, yogurt, cheese, cream, dried milk, and ice cream we eat are connected to alfalfa.

09

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.

10

Nursery Products

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

Merced County Farm Bureau

646 S HWY 59

PO Box 1232

Merced, CA 95341

Phone: (209) 723-3001

Fax: (209) 722-3814

info@mercedfarmbureau.org

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