AND PRODUCITONWAS DOWN SLIGHTLYLAST YEAR FROM THEYEAR BEFORE..TO EXPLAIN WHY..HERE'S ACTION NEWSREPORTER FELIX CORTEZ..monterey county farmersproduced more than 4.2billion dollars worth ofproduct in 2018 a nearly4-percent decline fromthe previous year..
Twoe-coli scares last yeartied to romaine lettucegrown in yuma and santabarbara..
A major reasonfor the decline.romaine lettuce part ofthe leafy greens thatcontinue to hold thenumber one spot..Followed bystrawberries..
Wine grapegrowers saw their bestproduction year ever..More than 247-milliondollars.trump tariffs continue tobe a concern for localfarmers..strawberry farmersentered the chinesemarket 3 years ago..But new tariffs imposedthis year against chinahas eliminated thatmarket ...monterey countycannabis again failed tomake the annual cropreport..
In large partbecause marijuana is stillan illegal drug accordingto the federalgovernment..Which holds financialsway over countiesa shortage of farm laborcontinues to be aproblem..
Ag leaderscontinuing to call oncongress to passcomprehensiveimmigration reform..In salinas felix cortezksbw action news 8.