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The 2012 Billion Dollar Counties

May 14, 2014

I had previously posted on the 2007 Ag Census for those counties in the US that exceeded $1 billion in annual farm sales. In that census, there were 20 counties in the US with sales in excess of $1 billion and almost all of them were in California. Six other states had counties in excess of $1 billion, but no state had more than two counties.

The recently released 2012 Ag census now indicates there are 29 counties in the US with sales in excess of $1 billion and Texas now has four of them and instead of six states other than California, there are now 10 states. The leader again with almost $5 billion in annual sales is Fresno County in California. This county actually has more ag sales than 23 other states. All of these counties on their own would have greater sales than 15 other states.

Here is a listing of all counties with sales in excess of $1 billion for 2012:

State

County

Sales (in 1,000s)

Arizona

Maricopa

$ 1,003,475

California

Fresno

$ 4,973,041

California

Tulare

$ 4,017,073

California

Kern

$ 3,998,990

California

Monterey

$ 2,979,735

California

Merced

$ 2,967,523

California

San Joaquin

$ 2,250,158

California

Stanislaus

$ 2,228,135

California

Imperial

$ 1,888,639

California

Kings

$ 1,829,236

California

Madera

$ 1,602,766

California

Ventura

$ 1,440,132

California

Santa Barbara

$ 1,177,916

California

Riverside

$ 1,038,949

Colorado

Weld

$ 1,860,718

Colorado

Yuma

$ 1,150,344

Iowa

Sioux

$ 1,613,087

Kansas

Haskell

$ 1,009,877

Nebraska

Cuming

$ 1,081,302

North Carolina

Duplin

$ 1,276,421

North Carolina

Sampson

$ 1,258,793

Oklahoma

Texas

$ 1,013,921

Pennsylvania

Lancaster

$ 1,474,954

Texas

Deaf Smith

$ 1,379,076

Texas

Parmer

$ 1,329,538

Texas

Castro

$ 1,312,140

Texas

Hartley

$ 1,180,897

Washington

Grant

$ 1,762,295

Washington

Yakima

$ 1,645,510

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