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Produce sales up; timber down

The total value of agricultural crops in Nevada County was up $50,400 in 2007 from 2006 because of an increase in fruit and vegetable production that was sold at farmers markets, subscriptions and farm stands, according to Jeff Pylman, county agricultural commissioner.

Yet other crops saw a decline in revenue, including the timber industry and irrigated pasture acreage, according to the Nevada County 2007 Annual Crop Report.

Pylman will present findings of the report at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 during a Board of Supervisor’s meeting held in the board chambers of the Rood Center, 950 Maidu Ave in Nevada City. The meeting begins at 9 a.m.

The total value of the county’s crop production in 2001 was $16,309,800.

The timber industry has the largest decrease in value of $577,900, due to lowered prices fetched per board foot of timber and the number of board feet cut.

Irrigated pasture acreage fell 20 percent in 2007, resulting in a decreased value amount of $302,000.

The value of local fruit and vegetable production rose by $744,300 due to a favorable growing season and increased sales.

All figures represent gross production values and do not take into account the cost of production, nor do they reflect a net return to the producers.

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