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KERN Journal Business Vol. 3, No. 1 February/March 2014 Paramount launches Halos ads Page 7 Agriculture issue Cover story Kern’s diverse agriculture fuels economy F rom cows to carrots, Kern County agriculture products are feeding people around the globe and strengthening the local, state and national economies. Kern’s agriculture enterprises generate a fifth of the county’s gross domestic product and employ up to 20 percent of the workforce. In 2012, the county’s agriculture economy produced $6.2 billion in total value, nearly tripling the 2000 total value of $2.2 billion, according to the Kern County Department of Agriculture and Measurement Standards Crop Report. In an article on page 22 of this issue, the Agricultural Issues Center at UC Davis notes, “For every 100 jobs linked directly to the San Joaquin Valley agricultural industry, an additional 106 jobs were created in the local economy. In addition, for every dollar of income paid to agricultural employees, an additional $1.05 of non-agriculture labor income is generated in the San Joaquin Valley economy. Overall, every dollar of value generated by the region’s agriculture industry leads to an additional $1.27 generated by the region’s non-agricultural economy.” — Kern Business Journal Kern Business Journal P.O. Bin 440 Bakersfield, CA 93302 Photo courtesy of Grimmway Farms They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How true that is with this spectacular photograph contributed to the Kern Business Journal by Grimmway Farms. The rich, dark soil and lush green lettuce plants growning in a field near Bakersfield demonstrate why Kern County is California’s agricultural giant. Stories presented in the journal’s special agricultural issue provide a sampling of the industry’s diversity. #humankindness Presorted Standard U.S. Postage PAID Bakersfield, CA Permit No. 838 INSIDE Nut Festival – Building on the success of last year’s inaugural Kern County Nut Festival held at the Kern County Museum, organizers are inviting individuals and companies to participate as sponsors and vendors at this June’s festival. Page 20 Farmers Market – Old-fashion glass jugs of milk are among the many products that can be bought at the weekly Haggin Oaks Farmers Market presented by Kaiser Permanente. The market promotes healthy eating. Page 8 Livestock – In a 2012 ranking, cattle and calves are ranked as the sixth highest valued commodity in Kern County. Eggs and egg products come in at number 16. Kern was ranked as California’s number one sheep and wool producing county in 2011. Page 12

Kern Business Journal February/March 2014

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