No shame in being second. 

Some may have felt the sky was falling and that we were headed for a recession after hearing the numbers from the 2016 Tulare County Crop Report last week. How anyone could think that is a mystery. 

In case you missed it, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita reported to the Tulare County Board of Supervisors that crop value, which is different than actual revenue, in 2016 was $6.37 billion an 8.8 percent decrease from 2015.

And remember, $6.37 billion may only good enough for second place, it’s still one of the top four totals ever for the county.

For the record, our neighbor to the south, Kern County was the top farm community at $7.187 billion and Fresno remained in third at $6.183 billion.

All three of the counties — Kern, Tulare and Fresno — saw ag sales decline from 2015 to 2016.

The numbers are staggering.

The value of the three counties combined was $19.74 billion.

Dairy was once again king in Tulare County and the nation for that matter at $1.645 billion in sales in 2016, a decline of $72.4 million compared to the previous year.

Oranges, which include navels and Valencias, moved up from third to second in Tulare County with a total value of $838 million, followed by cattle and calves at $660 million, Grapes at $600 million and fresh tangerines rounded out the top five at $343 million.

Pistachios, almond meats and hulls, corn (grain and silage), walnuts, and fresh lemons comprised the top 10.

We applaud everyone that has a hand in keeping agriculture moving.

Keep up the great work.

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