EconAlliance celebrates the important role that agriculture plays in our Northern Santa Barbara County economy and quality of life. The sector’s importance to North County’s rural character, food security, innovation/technology, and local nonprofits is matched only by the sector’s countywide economic and job impact.
Santa Barbara County’s robust agriculture sector contributes $2.8 billion, with $1.8 billion in direct economic output and an additional $1 billion in expenditures by ag companies and employees. The County job impact of agriculture is 25,370 jobs. The ag sector provides 15,971 direct jobs, with an additional 9,399 jobs created through ag and ag employee spending. In 2014 “top crops” in Santa Barbara County included strawberries (#1), wine grapes (#2) and broccoli (#3). County agriculturalists are active exporters, as well, with 13,000 shipments of commodities for 2014. Top three County ag export destinations are Canada, Japan, and Mexico.*
The ag sector attracts and/or sustains a wealth of ag-related or support businesses (from irrigation to environmental analysis to construction) which, together with ag jobs, offer local residents a wealth of job and career options at every level and wage category – entry level fieldwork; ag-related technician or specialist occupations; professional, scientific and business careers and executive and ownership opportunities.
Many Northern Santa Barbara County agriculturalists are also supporting regional innovation through science and technology advancement, experimenting with hybridization, automation, remote sensing, robotics, and precision farming.
Because of its many contributions to economic vitality, job opportunities, food security, innovation, scenic/rural beauty, community support, and environmental sustainability, EconAlliance is committed to celebrating agriculture and advancing public awareness of the
*Economic and job impacts from 2016 EconAlliance Ag Forum presentation by Ag Commissioner Cathy Fisher, referencing Economic Contributions of Santa Barbara County Ag Report
EconAlliance Ag Initiative Team:
Team Lead: George Adam, President, Innovative Produce, Santa MariaDownloads: Economic Impact of Santa Barbara County Agriculture:
"Crop Report PLUS" Series