Glenda Humiston has been frustrated for years with media reports that agriculture accounts for just 2% of California’s economy.
“I cannot begin to tell you how much that annoys me. I usually use far worse language,” the vice president for UC Agriculture and Natural Resources said in a presentation at the National Farmers Union annual meeting on Monday.
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UCANR published a report in 2019 showing the working landscapes sector accounts for $333 billion in sales, a far broader economic portrait than agriculture’s $50 billion in annual farm gate sales. UCANR’s number, explained Humiston, is overly conservative, leaving out veterinary services and retail food sales. She hopes to soon update the report with those details incorporated.