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Ag Values Drop in Valley

( KINGS COUNTY CROPS DROP IN VALUE)
 A TRIPLE-WHAMMY HIT KINGS COUNTY AGRICULTURE LAST YEAR, RESULTING IN A 25-PERCENT DROP IN CROP VALUES.
 THE WATER CRISIS, STRUGGLING DAIRY INDUSTRY, AND OVERALL WEAK CROP PRICES ALL COMBINED TO REDUCE THE COUNTY'S TOTAL CROP VALUE TO 1.3-BILLION DOLLARS.  THAT'S DOWN FROM I.7-BILLION IN 2008.
 IT WAS THE STEEPEST DECLINE IN TEN YEARS AND ILLUSTRATES HOW HARD IT IS FOR FARMERS TO MAKE A GO OF IT THESE DAYS.
 IN NEIGHBORHING TULARE COUNTY, CROP VALUES TUMBLED
19-PERCENT.  FRESNO COUNTY RELEASES ITS TALLIES NEXT TUESDAY.