California is the largest commodity and livestock producer in the United States, leading the nation in the production of fruits, vegetables, wine and nuts. Many of its products are commercially produced only in California such as almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, raisins, olives, pistachios, dried plums, pomegranates and walnuts. The state exports $18+ billion in agricultural products annually.
Beyond the statistics, food and agriculture is a way of life in California. In 8 regions of the state, valley farmers, coastal mountain ranchers, wine country vintners, dairy farmers, livestock breeders and farmworkers cultivate bountiful harvests year round. From the grand San Joaquin Valley often referred to as “the breadbasket of the world,” to the renowned wine region of Napa and Sonoma, the tastes of California are celebrated at family tables, in restaurant kitchens, tasting rooms and community gatherings at home and abroad.