BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- An agriculture economist says farming remains relatively strong compared to other sectors of the economy.

George Haynes, an agricultural policy specialist at Montana State university, says there are sys there are still several factors harming the industry.

He cited decreasing food sales, decreasing demand for wheat and beef domestically and abroad, and the depreciation of the dollar as worries.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that net farm income will fall by 30 to 40 percent this year.

But Haynes says things are looking better for next year.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

Copyright 2009 The AP.

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