A bad year in the Imperial Valley in agricultural means a bad year in the Imperial Valley in general.
The county ag report released last week showed that the county's agricultural values again dipped below $1 billion for a year, in this case for 2000, the latest year on record.
Farmers have been complaining about bad markets for a few years and the numbers again point to their complaints being more than valid. Yes, we are still one of the top 10 to 12 ag counties in the state and one of the top 20 ag counties in the nation, but that doesn't mean things are rosy here. And when the agricultural economy is hurting in Imperial County, the pain reverberates throughout the county. Related industries suffer, and when ag and its support industries are bleeding, it affects the local economy all the way from irrigation supply companies to toy stores.