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Agriculture? In Los Angeles?

With a highly urbanized landscape housing over ten million residents and accommodating millions of visitors and workers who live in neighboring areas, most people today don't think "agriculture" when they think of "Los Angeles." However, there was a time when farmers, ranchers, horticulturalists, and vintners produced more agricultural commodities in Los Angeles County than any other county in the nation. Yes, we were the top production county in the nation when considering commercial agricultural production, and before Prohibition and the Great Depression, we were the center of wine production in the western U.S. The reign at the top of agriculture ended in 1950, when the post-World War II population boom converted groves, ranches, and farms into new neighborhoods, business parks, and manufacturing plants.

We still have farms, nurseries dot the map all over the county, and vineyards are experiencing a resurgence. Over 150 weekly certified farmers' markets, most operating year-round, can be found throughout the County. The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, and Los Angeles International Airport are the gateways through which tons of agricultural commodities are constantly imported and exported.


Who should news media call?

News media inquiries should be directed to our Public Information Office:


Ken Pellman, Public Information Officer

(626) 579-8589

(626) 226-6085 (mobile)


Regular business hours are 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, excluding holidays.


Please note that our Department is a regulatory agency and does not produce agricultural commodities. Media seeking to be put in contact with farmers should contact the Farm Bureau, which is an association of farmers and ranchers.

Contact Us

Headquarters Office
12300 Lower Azusa Road
Arcadia, CA 91006-5872
(626) 575-5471

South Gate Office
11012 South Garfield Ave.
South Gate, CA 90280
(562) 622-0402

Antelope Valley Office
335 E. Ave. K-10
Lancaster, CA 93535
(661) 974-8801