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Nuts help set California farm revenue record for 2010

FRESNO — The growing popularity of pistachios helped California farms and ranches set a record for agricultural revenue last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that the state's nearly 82,000 farms made more than $37 billion. That's up from $34 billion in 2009.

The USDA says dairy led the way, with revenue of almost $6 billion — an increase of 31 percent.

Table and wine grapes made a combined $3.2 billion to be the state's second most valuable.

All told, 11 California products topped $1 billion.


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