FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A new report finds that Fresno County was California's top agricultural producer last year despite water shortages and weak economy.

Fresno County's annual crop livestock report released Tuesday found that its agricultural production value was $5.4 billion in 2009, a 4.5 percent decline from 2008.

By contrast, Kings County saw a 25 percent drop in production value and Tulare County's value fell by 19 percent. Those counties rely heavily on the dairy industry, which has been hurt by steep price declines.

Fresno County has a more diverse crop mix that includes grapes, tomatoes, poultry, almonds, cattle and calves, as well as dairy.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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