The value of agricultural production in Imperial County dropped 10.5 percent in 2000 from the previous year, according to the annual crop report released Tuesday by the county Agricultural Commissioner's Office.
Total production value for 2000 was $919.6 million. The revised crop production value for 1999 was more than $1 billion.
The only increase in value was in apiary products, the result of an increase in the number of hives used for honey and pollination. The value of apiary products rose 5.5 percent.
The report states fruit and nut crops remained "fairly" stable for the year.
However, decreases in value occurred throughout all other categories.
Vegetable and melon crops dropped in value by 20.7 percent, livestock by 1.9 percent and seed and nursery crops by 9.5 percent.
Livestock saw a decrease in cattle slaughtered while the crop decreases were due in part to lower prices and lower yields.