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The Almond Board of California is hosting its annual conference December 9-11 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The conference again is set to have a full slate of symposiums with various continuing education units available.

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Commodities TradingIn today’s report we have the Butter and Cheese Report, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report and the ending market numbers for other commodities.

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Military development is a good way to predict what the next drone advancement will be for the agriculture industry.

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apples on treeCalifornia Apples for Processing

Utilization for week ending October 23, 2014 in tons: 2014 Crop

Juice 4,544
Total to date this season 33,242
Total to date last season 36,228

Peelers 586
Total to date this season 3,756
Total to date last season 5,500

All Total 5,130
Total to date this season 36,998
Total to date last season 41,728

Cows being milkedMilk production in California is steady to higher as cooler temperatures support cow comfort in the region. However, on the feed side of milk production, availability of supreme quality dairy cow alfalfa is tight. Recent sales for delivered, in-state or out-of-state dairy cow alfalfa hay ranged from $320 to $350/ton. Dry cow hay prices run from $220 – $235/ton, delivered. Operators report Read the full report. →

eggsPrices are steady with a steady undertone. Demand is light to mostly moderate for the moderate offerings. Supplies are moderate. Market activity is moderate. Check benchmark prices. →

assorted fresh raw meatsEverett Griner talks about beef, pork and chicken prices still rising in today’s Agri View.

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Even with an average crop this season, pistachio growers in the central valley are seeing some effects of less chilling hours.

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Soil salinity is a major concern for almond growers, and the lack of quality water could be exaggerating the problem.

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Another challenge in the fight against the curly top virus is that the disease is transmitted in minutes.

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The use of drone technology isn’t just in the air.

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A honeybee from the People’s Garden Apiary visits the perennial Nepeta cataria (Common name: Catnip) in the herb garden of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) headquarters People’s Garden in Washington, D.C.
Drought effects for almond growers include more than just finding water for trees.

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This is only the start of fine-tuning drone technology, and experts know what they need to do to make the tool more precise.

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Curly Top Virus-Tomato

The insect that carries the curly top virus can be hard to target.

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Adama-logoCalifornia growers face new regulations in 2015, requiring the use of volatile organic compounds with a low emission rate during much of the year. Sabrina Hill talks with a representative from Adama on how growers can meet these low-VOC regulations.

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Farm City logo5Get the latest agriculture news in today’s Farm City Newsday podcast. Today we hear from the Atwater FFA as they compete at the national convention and more.

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Hear about water uses and the complex battle for water in this week’s Western View.
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News Release from USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service

Pollinator-Pull-QuoteAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production.

“The future of America’s food supply depends on honey bees, and this effort is one way USDA is helping improve the health of honey bee populations,” Vilsack said. “Significant progress has been made in understanding the factors that are associated with Colony Collapse Disorder and the overall health of honey bees, and this funding will allow us to work with farmers and ranchers to apply that knowledge over a broader area.”

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USDA_800px-logo_svgAgriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

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