The gross value of Madera Countys agricultural production last year was more than $1.5 billion a 16.39 percent increase over 2010s record-breaking total according to the 2011 Crop Report approved by the Board of Supervisors this month.
Almonds, milk and grapes, the county’s top three commodities, accounted for more than $1 billion of the county’s total crop value.
The value of almond nuts and hulls skyrocketed to $414,436,000 — a $127,944,000 increase over 2010’s value — due to favorable prices, demand, and an excellent crop set, said Senior Agricultural & Standards Inspector Cha Vang, who compiles the crop report each year.
“More almond acreage is being planted in the county and that value is just going to grow,” he said. “As long as prices and demand from the world is still there we should be good with the almonds.” ...