No surprise: agriculture important in SLO County
August 21, 2013
Agriculture provides an economic boost to San Luis Obispo County of $1.87 billion annually, according to a report presented to supervisors Tuesday.
The two-year-old data is the most current to be developed, suggesting today’s totals may be even higher.
Agricultural Commissioner Marty Settevendemie unveiled the report while commenting, “We wanted to assess the economic significance of agriculture in the county.”
Additional economic stimulus provided by agricultural activities pump another $578 million into the local economy, Settevendemie said.
Strawberries and wine grapes topped the list of revenue-producers, and farm production reached a high of $736.2 million.
The industry contributes $5.9 million in indirect business tax revenues — about 10 percent of the county’s total budget. More than 20,600 county jobs — one in 10 — are directly related to the agricultural business, said Settevendemie.
The region is becoming more dependent on a smaller number of crops, the report noted.