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Weld falls to No. 9 in U.S. for total ag production, No. 1 in sheep and lambs; Colorado top 10 in livestock sales

Weld County remains a top 10 ag-producing county in the nation, but has fallen one spot since the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its last comprehensive report.

The full 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture report was released Friday, showing Weld County is No. 9 in the U.S. for the value of its total ag production.

The last U.S. Census of Agriculture, which was released in 2007, had Weld County at No. 8.

As was the case in the previous census, California accounts for all nine of the other top 10 counties.

Fresno County, Calif., was No. 1 in the U.S., with nearly $5 billion in sales in 2012 — greater than that of 23 states.

Although Weld County fell in rank, its value of ag production didn’t dip.

Weld’s total ag sales in 2012 was valued at about $1.86 billion — up by about $320 million from 2007, more than a 20 percent increase.

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