Although most of the Sacramento region’s 2.3 million residents live in and work in urban job centers, the region spans an extraordinary range of landscapes. From farming communities to historic mining towns, from the Sierra forests to fields that feed the world, our region enjoys remarkably diverse lands and natural resources. Across the six counties of El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba, approximately 70 percent of our lands are agricultural, forest, or other open space. The contributions of small towns, farms and open spaces are vital to the success of our entire region.
Agriculture has deep roots in our region’s history, and future. The Sacramento region has some of the most productive farmland in the world. We have great soil, high-quality water, and a Mediterranean climate that can grow almost anything. California is the fourth largest agricultural economy in the world, and our region is an important part of that. In our region alone, agriculture is a $1.66 billion industry.