Agriculture Initiative

Northern Santa Barbara County Agriculture

Events

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Click Here for 2020 Ag Forum Recap and Photos

Click Here for 2018 AG Forum Recap

2018 Growing Possibility Flyer

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Click here to View the Agriculture Fact Sheet



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.

Overview

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 agriculture is the county’s largest industry, with much of it in Northern Santa Barbara County. The county ag sector has a $2.8 billion economic impact, with $1.8 billion in direct economic output and an additional $1 billion in expenditures by ag companies and employees. Agriculture provides over 25,000 jobs.

In 2018 the “top crops” in Santa Barbara County included strawberries (#1), wine grapes (#2) and nursery products (#3). Cut flowers and foliage came in at #4 and broccoli at #5. Cauliflower, head lettuce, leaf lettuce, avocado and cattle production were all in the top ten crops.

The county produces over 100 commodities and exports to over 40 countries, with the top five countries being Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, Kuwait and China (2018).

All six Santa Barbara American Vitculture Areas (AVAs) and nearly all vineyards in the county are in North County.

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 field work; 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 ag community and its value to the area.

EconAlliance Ag Initiative Team Lead:


George Adam, President, Innovative Produce, Santa Maria

Downloads:
Economic Impact of Santa Barbara County Agriculture:

“Growing Possibilities” video on Northern Santa Barbara County agriculture was inspired by EconAlliance, with Allan Hancock College sponsoring the video development. Appreciation to Donna Polizzi, Stimulus Marketing, for video production and to Lisa Bodrogi, Cuvee Consulting, for script development.

EconAlliance Ag Initiative Team:


Co-Lead: George Adam, President, Innovative Produce, Santa Maria
Co-Lead: Steve Jordan, Lompoc Farming, Lompoc

February 2016 Ag Forum Event Team


George Adam, Innovative Produce, Co-Chair
Steve Jordan, Lompoc Farming, Co-Chair
Andy Rice, OSR Enterprises, Co-Chair
The Honorable Alice Patino, City of Santa Maria
Teri Bontrager, Executive Director, Farm Bureau of Santa Barbara County
Terri Lee Coleman, STEM Initiative, Allan Hancock College

Margaret Lau, Director, Allan Hancock College Environmental Training Center
Claire Wineman, President, Grower-Shipper Assn. of Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo Counties

Victoria Conner, Consultant/Initiatives Director, EconAlliance (Event Lead)