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Sacramento, CA — Recent rain and hailstorms in the valley could mean higher prices for produce at the grocery store.

The Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner is estimating the cost of damaged crops to be close to $22-million. Cherry farmers were hit the hardest, losing about 75 percent of the crop at an estimated cost of more than $16-million.

Numerous other crops were also damaged, including plums, apricots, peaches and table grapes.

Fresno County farmers produced more than $4-billion worth of agricultural products last year.