Agriculture is a huge driving force of Madera County’s economy. According to the 2012 crop report released by the Madera County Department of Agriculture, almonds were the top-grossing product, accounting for 28 percent of the value of commodities grown here. The gross dollar figure attributed to almonds and their hulls is $487, 358,000.
Coming in second for 2012 with 21 percent were grapes. The value of Madera’s grape crops including table, wine and raisins total $360,720,000.
In this first edition of Central Valley Ag News, we will introduce some of the people behind those statistics.
Special thanks to the Loquaci, Cosyns and Schafer families for granting us a look behind those numbers. Their family farms toil under the often-brutal Central California sun to serve as stewards of the rich Madera County soil.
Growing food and protecting farmland is as natural as breathing to these folks. Every time we sit down to a meal, we should thank a farmer.
Also in this edition is information on agri-toursim and upcoming public events that will showcase the products that grow right here in Madera County.