Gross income for Stanislaus County farmers hit a record $4.4 billion in 2014, according to a report Tuesday that also noted increased production costs.
High prices for almonds, milk and cattle accounted for most of the 20 percent jump in total income over the previous year, Agricultural Commissioner Milton O’Haire told the Board of Supervisors. Walnuts, chickens, turkeys, eggs, nursery plants and feed crops also had sizable gains.
“We knew it was going to be good,” Supervisor Vito Chiesa said. “We didn’t know it would be that good.”
Almonds were the top-grossing farm product for the second straight year, at $1.4 billion. Milk, which had topped the list all other years since 1940, was second at $952 million.