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					                                          County of Santa Cruz

                                  OFFICE OF THE AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER
                                                        MARY LOU NICOLETTI
                                                       AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER
                                                     SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
                                                 DIRECTOR, MOSQUITO AND VECTOR CONTROL



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2012

Contact:
Mary Lou Nicoletti
Agricultural Commissioner
(831) 454-2620 / (831) 763-8080




                         SANTA CRUZ COUNTY 2011 CROP REPORT RELEASED


The office of the County Agricultural Commissioner has released the crop report for 2011. The values presented
are gross values. Gross production values and yields are influenced by many factors including weather, labor,
market demand, and accessibility. The gross values presented do not include production costs, such as
expenditures associated with insect pests and disease, labor, fuel, feed, fertilizer, land, pesticides, and regulatory
requirements.

The total gross production value of Santa Cruz County agricultural commodities for 2011 was $565,740,000. This
is an increase of $33,214,000 from the 2010 production value of $532,526,000. Much of the increase is due to
increased acreage and production for raspberries.

The highest valued crop in Santa Cruz County remains strawberries. Raspberries, the second highest valued crop
commanded high prices. Cut flowers, vegetables, and blackberries are also high value crops.

Exceptionally fertile soil, a climate that allows for year around production of some crops, and consumer demand
for high value, quality crops contribute to high values for agricultural production. Many value-added and
organically produced commodities are grown in our county. Innovative production techniques lead to increased
yield and prolonged growing season.

The 2011 crop report is attached. It will also be available on the Agricultural Commissioner webpage:
http://www.agdept.com/



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           175 WESTRIDGE DRIVE, WATSONVILLE, CALIFORNIA 95076      TELEPHONE (831) 763-8080 FAX (831) 763-8255

				
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