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May202019

Sutter County agriculture harvests $1.48 billion

 

 Yuba City, Ca.

Sutter County agriculture pumped $1.48 billion into the local economy in 2017 and supported more than 6,800 jobs, Agricultural Commissioner Lisa D. Herbert announced  as she released the first-ever comprehensive economic analysis of one of the county’s dominant industries.

“This study goes beyond our annual crop and livestock report.” said Herbert. “It captures not just the direct effects of farm production, but also the ripple effects of agricultural businesses. During these uncertain economic times, it’s important to better understand how and where agriculture contributes to our economy and to local employment.”

To put the contribution in perspective, Sutter County agriculture pumped roughly $4.1 million into the county economy per day, or just over $169,000 per hour.

The study was conducted for the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office by Drs. Jeff Langholz and Fernando DePaolis of Agricultural Impact Associates, a consulting firm specializing in agricultural economics.

“This report shows the importance of Sutter County agriculture as both an employer and a powerful economic engine,” said Christine Ivory, President of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau. “Every dollar earned creates ripples that support a healthy local economy.”

The report, “Economic Contributions of Sutter County Agriculture”, was released today at a briefing at the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office Conference Room at 142 Garden Highway in Yuba City. Drs. Langholz and DePaolis presented their findings to the news media, public officials, agricultural industry members, and the general public.

Attendees included Mat Conant, Chairman of the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, Assemblyman James Gallagher’s Office, Janine Hasey, UCCE Tree Crops Farm Advisor and County Director, Shon Harris, Mayor of Yuba City, Christine Ivory, President of the Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau and many others.

For more information or to view the report, please go to our website: https://www.suttercounty.org/doc/government/depts/ag/cropstatistics