Out in the farmland, beyond the foreclosed homes and vacant storefronts, it might have been hard to hear the crash.

Agriculture has stayed fairly strong amid the economic troubles of the California's northern San Joaquin Valley.

Gross farm income nearly doubled from 2000 to 2008, to an estimated $7.6 billion worth of milk, fruit, nuts, poultry and other products.

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