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      Farm record for Fresno County: Grapes exceed $1 billion in value

      FRESNO, Calif. (AP) A new report finds that for the first time in history, a Fresno County crop grapes has exceeded one billion dollars in production value.

      Fresno County's annual crop and livestock report for 2012, released Tuesday, found the total gross value for grapes was $1.1 billion, up 15 percent from 2011. Grapes have remained the county's No. 1 crop for more than a decade.

      Fresno County remained the top agricultural producer in the nation last year, when the production value of its agricultural commodities totaled $6.6 billion, a 3 percent decline from 2011.

      Oranges and mandarins saw some of the largest decreases by 36 percent and 54 percent due to the winter freeze.

      Almonds increased in total value by 14.5 percent and pistachios by 11 percent.

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