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Turlock, in the heart of Stanislaus County, ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 agricultural counties, producing in excess of $2.3 billion in gross farm income and one-third of the county’s jobs. The area is known for its agricultural productivity and crop diversity, which can be attributed to a unique combination of factors:

• Highest-quality farmland in the world

• Clean air

• Affordable and adequate water supplies

• Climate

The county is a leading producer of almonds, apricots, boysenberries, chickens, cling peaches, dry beans, peas, pigeon and squab, walnuts and fruit, and nut and grape nursery products. This area leads the state in the production of nearly two dozen agricultural commodities.

The county is considered one of the richest in the world because of its food processing and related industries. For every dollar of actual agricultural production, $4 in economic activity is generated through processing, packaging, marketing and retailing.

Advanced technology plays a major role in agribusiness, transforming the region and positioning Stanislaus County as a global center for agriculture and agribusiness. Many of the agricultural products grown or processed in the county are produced for export to European markets, as well as developing markets in the Pacific Rim. Many state agricultural organizations are located in Stanislaus County because of its:

• Proximity to major markets

• Access to key ports

• Easy access to major highways and railways

• Prime location in the world’s most highly productive farming region

2009 Top 10 Farm Commodities

COMMODITY — VALUE

Milk, All — $462,251,000

Almonds — $455,600,000

Chickens, All — $282,424,000

Cattle & Calves, All — $131,076,000

Tomatoes — $121,988,000

Walnuts — $114,156,000

Silage, All — $75,438,000

Peaches, All — $66,700,000

Deciduous Fruit & Nut (Nursery) — $58,081,000

Turkeys, All — $43,239,000

Source: The Alliance, Stanislaus County Agricultural Commissioner

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