California’s agricultural sector is the largest in the US in terms of food production, with more than 450 types of crops produced in the state — many of them being exclusive to the state. Total agricultural sales in California were more than $44 billion US Dollars (USD) in 2012, up 3% from 2011. Milk took in the most money, at more than $6 billion USD, followed by grapes and almonds at more than $4 billion USD each. In addition to having one of the top agricultural sectors in the US, California also is the world's No. 5 supplier of agricultural commodities, including food and cotton fiber.
More about California agriculture:
- Only 4% of the farmland in the US is located in California, even though it is one of the top agricultural producers in the country.
- California is the only US state that produces almonds, and it is the top almond exporter in the world.
- About 90% of the wine made in the US is made in California, and the state is the No. 4 producer of wine worldwide.