California's specialty crop producers create an economic impact of $15.9 billion annually in the state, according to a new research report prepared on behalf of the Buy California Marketing Agreement.


The study, conducted by Dennis Tootelian, director of the Center for Small Business at California State University, Sacramento, looked at 15 commodities, according to a news release.


They were dairy, wiine, asparagus, avocados, cherries, cut flowers, figs, kiwifruit, nectarines, olives, peaches, pears, plums, raisins and table grapes.


The study found spending by the specialty crop growers created a ripple effect that in turned created more than 137,435 jobs.


More than $5.2 billion was spend on labor income.


Click here to read the full report.