Imperial Valley agriculture industry sees growth in 2017

This hay bale collector scoops up hay Tuesday afternoon in a field near East Chick Road and Highway 111. Alfalfa was one of the top 10 crops grown in Imperial County in 2017, according to the 2017 Imperial County Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report. CHRIS McDANIEL PHOTO 

EL CENTRO — The agriculture industry in Imperial Valley remained robust in 2017, with potential for growth this year, according to the 2017 Imperial County Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released Tuesday by the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.

“The report reflects overall growth as a result of our survey,” Carlos Ortiz, Imperial County agricultural commissioner, told Imperial Valley Press via email Wednesday. “Market prices are steady, and interest in expanding crop acreage [such as] organic acreage and growing industrial hemp seem like promising ventures.”

Staff Writer Chris McDaniel can be reached at cmcdaniel@ivpressonline.com or 760-337-3440.

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