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County's agriculture sales fall 7 percent in 2009

 Posted: 11:55 AM February 18, 2010

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

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