FRESNO — Fresno County’s agricultural output has set a new record behind the popularity of grapes and almonds.
The rosy 2011 crop and livestock report released Tuesday by county officials put the value of agriculture production at $6.88 billion. That’s a 15 percent increase from the previous year and the first time the value of crops in the county has topped $6 billion.
The report cemented Fresno’s place as the No. 1 agricultural producing county in the nation.
It shows the value of table and wine grapes increased from $820 million to $961 million. Almonds grew from $619 million to $831 million. Tomatoes, poultry, milk, cotton, beef, garlic, oranges and pistachios rounded out the top 10 crops by value. Fresno growers produce more than 400 commercial crops.