For Immediate ReleaseJuly 19, 2016
Agricultural Commissioner’s report: Crops and livestock worth more than $111 million
San Rafael, CA – Milk continues to serve as the leader –or bell cow, if you will – among all livestock and crop yields in Marin County, accounting for 40 percent of the overall gross value of a record $111,061,000 for 2015.
The value of conventional milk production was down significantly, but the continued surge in demand of organic milk led to an overall increase of $6,066,000 last year. Most of Marin’s 28 registered dairies have either converted to organic milk production or are in the process of converting. Pay prices for organic milk are higher for the dairies as public demand is on the increase. Organic milk production rose 61 percent between 2013 and 2014.
“This is a great annual opportunity to look at our (agricultural) successes,” said Board of Supervisors President Steve Kinsey, who as District 4 Supervisors represents the majority of Marin’s farmers and ranchers. “The transformation in Marin County to organic dairy is both a commitment to sustainability in a broader sense but also survivability from a business sense.”
Other key points in the report were:
Marin experienced a downward trend in agricultural production from 2007 to 2009, but has been on a sharp rise ever since. The trend has continued despite four years of drought, although the weather has forced many producers to reduce herd sizes and limit the production of organic products. However, demand for local products keeps outpacing the supply, and residents of Marin and nearby counties continue to have rising interest in locally grown and raised food products.
Stefan ParnayDeputy Commissioner/Deputy DirectorDepartment of Agriculture, Weights and Measures
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