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Ventura County reporting big year for agriculture, with crop value up 5%

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Ventura County is reporting that its crop value rose 5% in 2021.

Strawberries remain top crop, followed by lemons and nursery stock.

Ventura County is reporting a strong year for agriculture, with the county’s new crop and livestock report showing that the industry showed a 5% increase in value in 2021.

Strawberries remained number one in the county, with the crop value up 24% from 2020. Lemons are second, and nursery stock third. The counties berry industry as a whole showed an increase in revenue, while vegetables were down. Tomatoes dropped from the top 10 for the first time in years.

Organic farming had a solid year, with a 27% increase in crop value for its 217 registered growers.

County ag officials say the bounce back is good after a slump in 2020 they attributed to impacts of the pandemic. The total crop value last year was just under $2.1 billion.

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.