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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 Returns

Over the last 20 years, california farmland has offered average returns of 5%. At this rate, $10,000 invested in farmland in 2009 would now be worth over $59,500. Farmland returns are made up of two values, land appreciation, and capitalization rates of the property. Total farmland returns have been positive every year since 1990.

5%

Average Annual Returns

Cumulative Returns of Farmland

Source: NCREIF

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5%

Standard Deviation of Returns

Year Over Year Change (%)

Source: NCREIF

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