California, the most populous state in the nation, also is its most productive agricultural producer with more than $27 billion in annual production.
Imperial County residents benefit from this agricultural bounty every day in affordable, high-quality food and fiber. The agricultural industry is being honored March 17-23 during National Agriculture Week and on National Agricultural Day, March 20.
"Farmers and ranchers are proud to deliver food and other agricultural products to consumers," said Imperial County Farm Bureau President Mike Cox. "Most people don't know a farmer, but everyone has a connection to the land and to the men and women in agriculture. This is an important time of year to pause and reflect on the importance of agriculture to our lives and to our community."
Imperial County farmers and ranchers make a valuable contribution to the state's agricultural industry with $920 million in agricultural production, ranking Imperial County on the list of leading farm counties. Top commodities in Imperial County are cattle, alfalfa, lettuce, carrots and sugar beets.