Kern is Now California’s Top Agricultural County

For the first time ever, Kern County has replaced Tulare as the state’s No. 1 agricultural producer.

The latest agricultural report puts Kern County’s total production value for 2016 at $7.2 billion, a 6 percent increase from 2015. Tulare County came in second with a production value of $6,370,212,600, an eight percent drop. Fresno County was third with $6,183,960,100.

Experts pointed to a strong market for grapes, citrus and pistachios, which aided Kern’s numbers, combined with a huge drop in milk prices that hurt Tulare.

Tulare County Supervisor Steve Worthley expressed disappointment, but said he’s confident his county will return to the top spot next year.