Oregon farm sales increase 19 percent

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon farm sales grossed a record $5.2 billion last year, a 19 percent increase over 2010.

The Oregonian newspaper (http://bit.ly/Itm0aZ) reports that the total is inflated because commercial fishing sales were included for the first time. But even without the $91 million from fishing, the total sales are a record.

Cattle ranked first among products, crops and commodities, grossing nearly $800 million. Dairy was second with $524 million in sales. Wheat ranked third at $521 million, a total that has more than doubled in two years.

Bart Eleveld, an economist with the Oregon State University Extension Service, says many farmers have converted grass seed fields to wheat because of greater demand.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com