Value-Added Agriculture

Kern County Agriculture


Kern County Provides Nation’s Food Supply

Agriculture has long been at the heart of Kern County’s economy and recently, new emphasis has been placed on the economic benefits of “value-added” agriculture. Defined as the transformation of agricultural products to a higher value for the end consumer, examples can be seen when carrots are processed into smaller, “baby” carrots, or used in the production of vegetable juice. Locally-produced products like POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice, Wonderful Pistachios, Bunny-Luv Baby Carrots, and Halos Mandarins are well-known national brands.

In terms of overall employment, Kern County’s value-added agriculture industry is the largest and most significant sector. Over 55,000 people – 20% of Kern’s total workforce – are employed in this large industry sector. 

Kern County Commodities Rank #2 in U.S.

In 2014, the gross value of all agricultural commodities produced in Kern County was  over $7.5 billion. This represents a 12% increase from the 2013 crop value of $6.7 billion. Grapes, almonds, milk, citrus and cattle & calves, alone account for 78% of agriculture’s value, generating more than $5 billion. Value-added agriculture is an expanding industry that is highly specialized and concentrated with overall employment growth that outpaces most competitor counties. Click here for a copy of the 2014 Kern Ag Crop Report.

Support-service companies are an integral link in the value-added agricultural chain.  For example, companies that manufacture bags or cartons for food processing would be considered “support service” companies in the value-added agricultural chain.

Click here: Learn More About Kern County’s Value-Added Ag Industry in the Market Overview


Rank Commodity Value
Source: 2014 Kern County Agricultural Crop Report, released August 2015
1 Grapes, all $1,718,183,000
2 Almonds, including by-products $1,488,182,000
3 Milk, market & manufacturing $915,124,000
4 Citrus, fresh & processing $892,874,000
5 Cattle & Calves $428,854,000
6 Pistachios $401,049,000
7 Carrots, fresh & processing $288,063,000
8 Hay, Alfalfa $227,973,000
9 Cotton, including processed cottonseed $117,568,000
10 Pomegranates, Fresh & Processing $87,313,000



Kern County Agricultural Crops

Total Value Comparisons 2004-2014


Top 10 Countries for Kern County Ag Exports

Note: Destination countries ranked by number of Phytosanitary Certificates issued (listed greatest to least).


Top Commodities Exported from Kern County



 Major Agriculture Companies in Kern County

  • ASV Wines, Inc.
  • Bidart Brothers
  • Bolthouse Farms, Inc.
  • Califia Farms
  • Cal-Organic Farms
  • Central Valley Almond Association
  • Crystal Geyser
  • Delano Growers Grape
  • Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream
  • Famoso Nut Rio Bravo
  • Farmers Cooperative Almond Huller, Inc.
  • Frito-Lay, Inc
  • Giumarra Vineyards Corporation
  • Golden Empire Nut
  • Golden State Vintners
  • Grimmway Farms
  • Johnston Farms
  • Kern-Tulare Almond Processing
  • Kern Ridge Growers
  • Langer’s Juice
  • Marko Zaninovich, Inc.
  • Pacific Almonds Processing
  • Palm LLC
  • Pandol & Sons
  • Panoche Creek Packing
  • Paramount Citrus
  • Paramount Farms
  • Production Pillsbury
  • Primex Farms Pistachios
  • Sara Lee Bakery Group
  • Shafter – Wasco Ginning and Almond Hulling Co.
  • South Family Farms
  • Sun Gro Commodities
  • Sun Pacific
  • Sunny Gem Almond Processing
  • The Garlic Company
  • Thomson International
  • Tomato Company LLC
  • Vetch Farms Almond Processing