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In terms of farm income, California leads all other U.S. states and produces the largest variety of commodities in the nation. It is only one of five agricultural regions in the world with a Mediterranean-growing climate that allows farmers to grow such a large variety of crops, including some that aren’t grown anywhere else in the nation. California produces the vast majority of specialty crops such as almonds, walnuts, apricots, dates, and figs grown in the U.S. and in some cases, the world. The state is host to an impressive 70,521 farms with an average size of 348 acres spread across a total of 24,522,801 acres of farmland.

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california Farmland Prices

Over the last 20 years, the price of farmland per acre in the california has risen by an average of 5% per year to $12,830 per acre as of 2019. This represents an increase of $7,380 per acre of farmland over this time period.

The values shown here only represent farmland appreciation. To view total farmland returns, including cash rent and land appreciation, see the Farmland Returns section.

$12,830

Current Price Per Acre

Value per Acre

Source: USDA

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Average Land Appreciation

Year Over Year Change (%)

Source: USDA

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