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Net profit to slip on California farms

Gross farm income in California for 1980 will increase slightly but net income will decline, according to a Bank of America report. The bank projects that the state's 1980 gross farm income will reach $12.9 billion, up 5 percent from last year, while net income will be approximately $3. 5 billion, down 6.4 percent from last year's record $3.8 billion.

Total receipts for field crops are expected to climb 17 percent in 1980, to $ 2.6 billion. Gross income for vegetables is predicted to drop about 7.5 percent , however.

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Milk will lead all California commodities in sales this year, up as much as 15 percent from 1979, to $1.6 billion, according to the study. Income from the sale of cattle and calves will show an 8 to 10 percent decline, as lower prices for pork and poultry lessen consumer demand for beef. Overall, cash receipts for livestock and livestock products are projected to increase 5 percent, to $4. 1 billion.

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