Wine grapes top crop in 2013

April 2, 2014

vineyard1Wine grapes were the number one San Luis Obispo County agricultural commodity in 2013 bringing in more than $220 million, according to San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture/Weights and Measures 2013 annual production statistics report.

Despite the drought, wine grape production increased 10 percent. Total crop values were $960,710,000, an 11 percent increase from 2012.

Strawberries came in a close second with revenue of more than $210 million. Mild weather and low rainfall helped berry production increase by 13 percent.

As a result of the drought, ranchers thinned their herds leading to a 39 percent increase in livestock going to market in 2013, for more than $100 million in revenue. Nevertheless, it will take several years for ranchers to rebuild their herds.

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Hey Ted, is this a first sign? Has Jesus turned water into wine (John 2:1-1)

Hope all those millions are worth it when we are all dying of thirst and can’t flush our toilet

or wash our dirty dishes.

Congratulations San Luis Obispo wine grape growers, your greed is the biggest income producer in the County and you’re going down in history for it.

What percentage of the water basin was impacted by the $220 million in grape production?