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Big year for San Luis Obispo County's agricultural industry, with 2021 crop value crossing $1 billion

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Strawberries remained San Luis Obispo County's top crop in 2021.

Only second time in history that the county tops billion dollar mark: strawberries remain top crop.

San Luis Obispo County had a banner year for agriculture in 2021, according to the county’s just released annual crop report.

The total crop value was $1.08 billion, only the second time the county topped the billion dollar mark.

Strawberries remain the county’s top crop, at $320 million. Wine grapes, avocados, broccoli, and cattle rounded out the top five spots. But, cattle and field crops struggled as a result of the drought. The value of field crops dropped by 26% in 2021.

San Luis Obispo County was the last of the three counties in the Tri-Counties to issue its annual ag report. Ventura County’s crop value last year was $2.08 billion, while Santa Barbara County hit $1.9 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.