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Annual Ventura County Agricultural Report Shows Slight Dip In Numbers For 2020

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Ventura County's newly released 2020 Ag Report shows the county had $1.985 billion in crop value last year, down slightly from 2019.

Strawberries remain county's top crop.

Ventura County's agricultural industry had a solid year in 2020, but showed a slight drop in overall value. The estimated total gross value of the county's crops in 2020 was $1.985 billion, which is down .02% from 2019.

Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner Ed Williams attributes the small decrease to the pandemic, including the reduced demand for produce by restaurants.

Strawberries are once again the county's top crop, valued at $575 million. Lemons are second, at $216 million, and nursery stock is third at $193 million. Blueberries moved into the top ten for the very first time, coming in ninth with a 119% increase in value.

2020 was rough for Ventura County's celery growers with a 48% drop in value. Raspberries also showed a major drop of 30%.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.