Fresno, Monterey Counties See Ag Growth

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With the release of the 2012 Crop Reports, several California counties saw increases in gross crop value. The biggest news comes out of the biggest ag county in the state – and nation – as Fresno County sees its first ever billion dollar crop. Sabrina Hill has more.
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Fresno County’s 2012 grape crop is the first ever for the county to hit $1 billion. In fact, grapes there produced a total of more than $1.1 billion. Almonds were close behind at $952 million. In all, the gross value of Fresno County’s ag production for 2012 was over $6.5 billion, which easily solidifies its spot as the nation’s number one ag producer for another year.

Monterey County also had an increase in its 2012 Crop Report. Production Value there was up seven percent, bringing the total to $4.14 billion. Leaf lettuce remained its number one crop.