Geographically, the state of California comprises approximately 155,779.22 square miles which is equivalent to 99,698,700.8 acres. Land considered to be in agricultural use is approximately 25,400,000 acres or about 25.47 percent of the total state’s land mass.
Agriculture in California is more than significant statistics of production value. It is one of five regions of this world that has a Mediterranean climate which provides optimal weather conditions to grow and raise a prolific variety of food and fiber. California is blessed with such natural resources as fertile soils, sources of water, and people.
Growers aspire to be good stewards of the land upon which they farm. They realize that not taking care of the natural resources available to them will result in going out of business. This culture of being good stewards has nurtured an abundance of agricultural innovations, from cultural practices to equipment and machinery. One such innovation is the use of drip irrigation, to conserve water, on such non-permanent crops as processing tomatoes. Growers using drip irrigation on tomatoes have discovered it increases a desired quality (higher solids) in their processing tomatoes.
In 2012 California Agriculture reached a record gross value of $44.7 billion for the more than 400 commodities produced which was up from the $43.5 billion reached during 2011. California remained the number one state in cash farm receipts with 11.6 percent of the US total. The state accounted for 15 percent of national receipts for crops and 7.4 percent of the US revenue for livestock and livestock products.
California produces nearly half of all fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the US. Consumers across the US regularly purchase several commodities produced solely in California. California Agriculture also exports to more than 40 nations around the world. See California Crop Reports