The Central Coast, which spans from San Mateo County to San Luis Obispo County, is home to both the most fertile agricultural land in the state and the largest national marine sanctuary in the country. Protecting the viability of both has required a new way of thinking about the relationship between agriculture and the environment.
The Central Coast supports a $5.6 Billion dollar agricultural industry that includes more than 200 crops, and employs over 60,000 people. The Sanctuary covers 5000 square miles of water off California's Central Coast and is home to over 30 threatened or endangered species. The broad scope and unique collaboration has made AWQA a model approach to resource conservation that is now being replicated in other areas of the state, from the Central Valley to Mendocino County.
Since January, 2000, AWQA has prevented more than 450,000 tons of soil from eroding into sanctuary waters (the equivalent of a football field piled 23 stories tall with soil). The $5.5 million program has financed education, technical assistance, environmental quality enhancement projects and installations, a one-stop permit process, and resource assessment programs that have made these results, and others, possible.
The following is a list of the TOP FIVE most valuable crops per county and the Total Value of Agriculture products per county:
More Crop Statistics
2002 Average Size Farms / County (34K PDF)
2002 Census of Agriculture San Mateo County (65K PDF)
This is a profile of agriculture in San Mateo County and includes information on the number and size of farms as well as production values for a variety of crops in the county.
County Crop Reports
These are annual reports completed by the Ag Commissioner per county. They include the total acreage and production value of each crop in the county.
2003 State Agriculture Commissioners’ Data (641K PDF)
This is a compilation of acreage, production and value of crops (listed in alphabetical order) for the entire state. They are broken down by county and also include state totals.
2005 Summary of County Agricultural Commissioners' Report (370K PDF)
2004 Summary of County Agricultural Commissioners' Report (198K PDF)
2003 Summary of County Agricultural Commissioners’ Report (232K PDF)
This summarizes the data included in the 2003 State Agricultural Commissioners’ Data.
2004 California Field Crop Acreage (35K PDF)
This is a summary of changes in production from 2003 of cotton, corn, oats, wheat, rice, barley, sugar beats, dry edible beans, and all hay.
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