Report emphasizes ag impact on north state economy

Monday, September 03, 2018

CHICO — The economic impact of agriculture in northeastern California was put at more than $4.7 billion in a report by Chico State University, which by percentage was more than double the impact statewide.

The report authored by Professor Eric Houk found that in 2016, ag accounted for 16.2 percent of the value added to the economy in the northeast. The percentage statewide was 6.2 percent.

The report covered the 13 counties in Chico State’s “service area” and noted that area includes two different agricultural economies.

Six of the counties are primarily in the Sacramento Valley: Colusa, Yuba, Sutter, Butte, Glenn and Tehama. The biggest crops by total value were almonds, walnuts and rice.

In the seven counties in the mountains or mostly in the mountains, the biggest crop by value was strawberry plants, followed by timber and cattle. Those seven counties are Trinity, Shasta, Siskiyou, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas and Sierra.

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