Jackson County fell in line with 35 of Oregon's 36 countries last year when it saw agriculture sales decline.

Jackson County fell in line with 35 of Oregon's 36 countries last year when it saw agriculture sales decline.

Local farmers and ranchers saw sales fall 7 percent in 2009 to $63.825 million from $68.61 million in 2008, according to statistics released this month by Oregon State University.

Crop sales tumbled 8.8 percent to $47.54 million from $52.15 million in 2008, while animal sales dipped 1 percent to $16.282 million from $16.46 million. Sales in the state's southwestern region, combining Douglas, Jackson and Josephine counties, dropped 8 percent to $150.024 million from $163.061 million.

Statewide, there was an overall drop of nearly 15 percent, with only Hood River County showing a gain. Marion County remains the agricultural sales leader, but still saw a reduction of $111 million in 2009.

— Greg Stiles