Celebrating the fall harvest with the Stockton Chamber’s 33rd Annual Agriculture Hall of Fame Awards Banquet is an important recognition of the economic contribution that farming and ranching makes to San Joaquin County’s economy. To date, 177 local agriculturists have been inducted into the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
California’s agriculture is an economic powerhouse, growing approximately $47 billion in total output from over 400 commodities annually. California is the leading U.S. state in cash farm receipts.
Ideally located with rich soils, great climate, and usually enough water to grow any crop that is in demand, San Joaquin County contributes approximately $3 billion in crop production annually.
In addition, in 2015, California exported approximately 26 percent of its agricultural production by volume, accounting for $20.7 billion in value.
Locally, the Port of Stockton is a key driver to our international agricultural economy, importing 90 percent of the fertilizer and shipping over 1.5 million tons of agricultural commodities to 55 countries around the world. Other important complementary logistics roles include the two rail intermodals Union Pacific and BNSF rail yards, Stockton Metropolitan Airport and the improved interstate and state highways which make San Joaquin USA the unique location to Grow It, Make It, and Ship It!
Congratulations to all our farmers and ranchers for working hard to grow food for our tables while
enriching our local economy.
Reprinted courtesy Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Port O Call.