Turlock, in the heart of Stanislaus County, ranks as one of the nation’s top 10 agricultural counties, producing in excess of $3.2 billion in gross farm income and one-third of the county’s jobs. The area is known for its agricultural productivity and crop diversity, which can be attributed to a unique combination of factors:
• Highest-quality farmland in the world
• Clean air
• Affordable and adequate water supplies
Stanislaus County is one of California’s top almond producing counties with more than 155,000 acres, 20 percent of the acres in the state. Stanislaus County currently has more than 1,200 almond growers and yields regularly exceed 2,000 pounds per acre. More than 30 local export companies shipped over 235 million pounds of almonds to international markets in 2012.
The Stanislaus County is considered one of the richest in the world because of its food processing and related industries; generating economic activity in processing, packaging, marketing and retailing agricultural commodities. Many agricultural products are grown and processed for export to European and Pacific Rim markets. The value of agricultural commodities produced last year in Stanislaus County increased almost 7 percent to $3,277,843,000.