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For fifth straight year, almonds are king in Madera County

Agricultural production in Madera County is at its highest level ever recorded, according to the 2014 Madera County Crop and Livestock Report presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Last year, Madera County produced $2.27 billion worth of crops, a nearly 20% increase over the previous year.

Almonds continued to reign in the top spot for the fifth straight year, with a value of $771.1 million that outranks the county’s next two products combined - milk at $414.7 million and grapes at $317.5 million.

“This demonstrates the ability of Madera County producers to adapt and increase efficiencies while facing the ongoing drought conditions,” Agricultural Commissioner Stevie McNeill said.

County agricultural reports stretching back to 2001 can be viewed and downloaded at http://www.madera-county.com/index.php/publications/crop-reports.

Staff report

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