Ag industry takes a hit according to latest county crop and livestock report

Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Local avocado and citrus industries were among the hardest hit by the Thomas Fire and hot weather, according to the 2017 Ventura County Crop and Livestock Report.
The report showed a slight decline in agriculture countywide, with the gross value estimated at nearly $2.1 billion in 2017, a decrease of 0.4 percent in comparison to 2016.
While strawberries remained the top crop in the county, lemons hung on to second place and celery climbed to third.
The report was presented to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors July 31 by Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Korinne Bell.

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