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Stanislaus County farm income sets record

Stanislaus County topped $2 billion in gross farm income for the first time last year, Agriculture Commissioner Dennis Gudgel reported today.

The 2006 crop report shows $2.15 billion in estimated income to farmers, compared with $1.98 billion in 2005.

Income from milk, the county’s No. 1 farm product, was way down because of low prices and the severe heat wave in July. Almonds, which are second, dipped from their very high prices in 2005.

These losses were more than balanced out by gains for beef cattle, chickens, walnuts and peaches.Stanislaus is the sixth California county to top $2 billion in a year. The others are Fresno, Tulare, Monterey, Kern and Merced.

The reports do not show production costs or profits.

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