A. In addition to generating direct on-farm employment and revenue, agricultural production
supports a wide range of other businesses, including packing houses, equipment dealers, chemical applicators,
pest-control firms, labor contractors, fertilizer and other supply dealers, trucking firms, fuel distributors,
and repair and manufacturing facilities. Altogether, farming and farm-dependent businesses provide an estimated
43,000 jobs in Ventura County, more than any other sector of the economy except services. Agriculture and
agriculture-related businesses account for about 4.4 percent of overall economic activity in Ventura County,
generating $2.2 billion in revenue and $76 million in indirect business taxes annually. One in 10 county
residents rely to some degree on income derived from farming.