Mighty Marin, one of California's smallest counties, is basking in a record year for agricultural production, according to a new county report.
The 2011 gross value of all agricultural production was a record $70,076,404, an increase of $13,895,066 — 24.7 percent — from the 2010 total agricultural production value, according to statistics provided by Stacy K. Carlsen, the county's Agricultural Commissioner/Director of Weights and Measures.
The report represents gross returns to the producer and does not indicate actual net profit.
Milk is the longstanding, premier commodity for Marin and last year accounted for 44.7 percent of the crop report’s total value. The average market milk price for 2011 was higher than 2010, contributing to an 18 percent increase in the overall milk value of $4,835,000.
Field crop values for 2011 increased by $4,082,157, representing a 74.1 percent increase when put up against 2010. This boost was a result of increased pasture values and greater survey participation, Carlsen said. The county said the 74.1 percent increase in value is a likely a correction to 2010’s 38.2 percent decrease, and pasture production value being realized by livestock producers as purchased livestock feed costs increase.
For all the details, check the PDF report attached here.