Photo by Kenneth Ray Seals
More than 200 different agricultural commodities are grown in San Diego County. Crops range from apples and avocados to cut flowers and ornamental plants. Livestock, dairy, and apiary also contribute to the agricultural diversity of San Diego County. Together, agriculture added over $1.8 billion to San Diego’s economy in 2013, making it the 19th largest agricultural economy in the United States.
The numbers alone are proof that agriculture is an important part of San Diego County. Owning and managing agricultural operations is not without challenges, though. Water and nutrient management, pest management, and laws and regulations are all important factors to consider when managing agricultural lands.