Did you know?
- Farmers use less water today than the amount evaporated from the Klamath Basin prior to 1905 reclamation.
- Since 2003 farmers in the San Joaquin Valley have invested more than $2.1 billion on 1.8 million acres to upgrade their irrigation systems.
- California rice fields provide a home to over 141 species of birds, 28 species of mammals and 24 species of amphibians and reptiles
- 97% of farms in California are family farms.
- The average farm size in California is 313 acres- 25% smaller than the national average.
- There are 14 crops grown exclusively in California. They are almonds, artichokes, dates, figs, grapes (raisins), kiwis, olives, peaches (clingstone), pistachios, plums (dried/prunes), pomegranates, rice (sweet), seed (ladino clover) & walnuts!
- Farmers in Bakersfield pioneered the ready-to-eat “baby” carrots and now the average American eats 11.5 pounds of them each year.
- California provides approximately 88 percent of the nation’s strawberries.
- Yuba and Sutter counties are known as the “Prune Capital of the World.”