Celebrating California agriculture

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron

California is the country’s leading agricultural state. In recognition of the importance of agriculture to our economy, ceremonies recognizing Ag Day were held at the State Capitol March 19th.

California has over 83,000 farms and ranches, 4 percent of the nation’s total. But we produce over one third of the country’s vegetables and almost three-quarters of the country’s fruits and nuts. San Diego County plays a big part. From cattle grazing on East County hillsides, to avocado and citrus groves in Pauma Valley and Fallbrook, much of that agricul­ture is located right here in the 75th Assembly District. Accord­ing to the San Diego County Farm Bureau, San Diego’s farm economy is the 13th largest in California. We rank 1st in nurs­ery crops, 5th in horticulture, 9th in strawberries and 10th in egg-laying hens. We also have the largest number of part-time farmers and the second largest number of farms run by women.

Agriculture has other ben­efits as well. These include Agritourism, a growing indus­try throughout the state (click here). San Diego County is home to 2 American Viticul­tural Areas, located in the San Pasqual Valley and Ramona. Wineries scattered across much of the county draw tourists and locals alike, a major boost for our local economy.

As I learned while serving on the Escondido City Council, agriculture contributes to pub­lic safety. The city’s northern and eastern perimeter is ringed with well-irrigated citrus and avocado groves, which over the years have helped limit the spread of wildfires. And since locally grown food can be a healthy lifestyle choice, we’re fortunate to have farmer’s markets throughout the region (click here). Agriculture also benefits the environment, with millions of plants and trees that help clean the air.

We must do all we can to en­sure that California agriculture flourishes. As your Assembly representative, I will do every­thing possible to support our irreplaceable agriculture indus­try.

For an electronic version of this article, please visit my web­site at: https://ad75.asmrc.org/

Assemblymember Marie Waldron, R- Valley Center, represents the 75th Assembly District in the Cali­fornia Legislature, which includes the cities of Poway, Santee, por­tions of the City of San Diego, and most of rural eastern and northern San Diego County.


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