Tulare Named Top Agricultural County in the U.S.
For the longest time, Tulare has always played second fiddle, holding the number two spot on the list of the top agricultural counties in the United States. Things were looking even more grim when it was announced that last year, in 2012 farm goods and livestock sales, Kern County had surpassed Tulare. After facing the bitter defeat, Tulare came out swinging, and for this year’s 2013 crop report, the county came out on top with more than $7.8 billion in agricultural sales—higher than any other county in the country.
Definitely more than the county’s competitors, Kern and Fresno, who only had $6.7 billion and $6.4 billion respectively. The rest of the top 10 is also filled with California counties, including Monterey, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin counties.
The last time Tulare came out as the agricultural champ was 2001 with $3.4 billion in sales.
Tulare County Supervisor Pete Vander Poel reacted to the news, saying that he was thrilled for the county, and that they were successful because of their diversity in crops.
Read more about Tulare’s top spot here.