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San Joaquin Crops Jump In Value

  

San Joaquin County's Annual Crop report shows last year set a record with an almost 9 percent jump in the crop value to $3.23 billion.

Walnuts, grapes, milk and almonds were the most valuable commodities in San Joaquin County in 2014 accounting for more than 80 percent of the sales.

But while the gross value increased, farmers made less money.

San Joaquin Farm Bureau Executive Director Bruce Blodgett says regulatory requirements increased, and costs for water and cattle feed went up.

"While it appears more money came in, more money certainly did come in, the cost of doing business in California overall, I think, we're $2 billion less in net farm income that's statewide," he says.

The county's almond crop production dropped last year, but almond prices increased almost 24 percent so the value was more than $100 million higher from the year before.

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Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio