The goal of this study, conducted by California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, is to analyze the economic impact of specialty crops at the county level in California. The top five specialty crops in each of the top five specialty cropproducing counties will be of primary interest. The hope is to provide industry leaders and policy makers with more information about the broader economic importance of specialty crops to local economies. The study was based on collecting secondary data from government sources as well as conducting a survey of 59 specialty crop agribusinesses in Monterey, Fresno, Kern, Tulare and San Diego counties. An input-output modeling program and supplementary database was used to estimate county-level economic impacts of the specialty crop production and processing industry.


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