Farming expert Tommy Harwood shares incredible statistics behind California’s agricultural industry.
Worth a total of more than $100 billion in direct and associated economic activity, California agriculture is booming, employing millions, and providing food and further agricultural commodities to vast swathes of the United States. Also supplying fruits, nuts, and other crops to much of the rest of the world, California farming expert Tommy Harwood uncovers the incredible statistics behind the industry and offers an inside look at farming and agriculture in the Golden State.
“California agriculture currently produces more than 450 different crops,” explains Tommy Harwood, speaking from his office in Humboldt County, where the farming expert and entrepreneur runs a number of highly successful, primarily agriculture-focused businesses. This, he says, is thanks to California’s largely unique Mediterranean-like climate.
More than one-third of vegetables consumed within the wider United States is produced in California, according to Tommy Harwood. “More incredible still, more than two-thirds of the nation’s entire supply of fruits and nuts are produced in the state, too,” he adds.
“There’s an incredible economic bounty to be had for farmers and ranchers in California,” suggests farming expert Tommy Harwood. As a state, California’s agricultural value exceeded $30 billion for the first time 16 years ago, back in 2004. This number, Tommy Harwood goes on to reveal, has since grown to somewhere in the region of $50 billion annually. “California’s agricultural value is now more than double that of any other state in the U.S.,” he points out.
Not only does agriculture in California directly contribute roughly $50 billion to the state’s economy each year, but it also generates over $100 billion in related economic activity every twelve months, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture
It’s Tommy Harwood‘s belief that the state of California first truly became the agricultural powerhouse that it is today in the post-World War II era. “Post-World War II, California experienced something of an agricultural revolution which continued until the early-mid 1970s,” reveals the expert.
The post-war era, he goes on to suggest, delivered a brand-new generation of insecticides which, it could be argued, were fundamental in the success of farming—and the resulting farming boom—in the Golden State.
Tommy Harwood has previously spoken on an array of agriculture-related topics, including how urban farming is contributing to food security, innovation within agriculture, predictions for farming in the 2020s, Humboldt County’s sustainable cannabis farms, plans for expanded agriculture-based conservation programs in California, and more.
Late last year, he also considered how 5G technology could revolutionize agriculture and farming, and highlighted California winemakers’ fight against climate change.
“In addition to food and other agricultural commodities, the state of California is also among the world’s largest suppliers of cotton fiber,” Tommy Harwood notes, briefly getting back on topic. “What’s more,” he adds, wrapping up, “agriculture now supports in excess of 2.5 million jobs across the state, which is further vital to supporting California’s booming economy.”