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Sep 25, 2012 5:13 PM by The Associated Press

Fresno County ag production sets record in 2011

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Fresno County's agricultural output has set a new record behind the popularity of grapes and almonds.

The rosy 2011 crop and livestock report released Tuesday by county officials put the value of agriculture production at $6.88 billion. That's a 15 percent increase from the previous year and the first time the value of crops in the county has topped $6 billion.

The report cemented Fresno's place as the No. 1 agricultural producing county in the nation.

It shows the value of table and wine grapes increased from $820 million to $961 million. Almonds grew from $619 million to $831 million. Tomatoes, poultry, milk, cotton, beef, garlic, oranges and pistachios rounded out the top 10 crops by value.

Fresno growers produce more than 400 commercial crops.

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