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It may not be used, but USDA is requesting vaccines for highly pathogenic avian influenza in preparation for another outbreak. Rod Bain reports.

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A Fresno State study has produced valuable new information on the impact of the drought, including severe economic loss in agricultural revenue, public health impacts, underemployment and migration for farm labor, especially in disadvantaged San Joaquin Valley communities, and residential water use facts and fiction.

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California drought
Drought impacts to the Russian River and the role of agriculture in conservation efforts will be the topics of discussion at the next California State Board of Food and Agriculture meeting on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015. The meeting will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1220 ‘N’ Street – Main Auditorium, Sacramento, CA 95814.
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Water in agriculture
Today a number of water agencies, experiencing a second year of a zero water allocation, joined together to express their frustration and disappointment with the latest court ruling denying relief from historic water shortages at a time when deliveries are of critical importance to the sustainability of our state. 

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The Almond Board continues its focus on managing dust at harvest. In today’s Almond Update, Sabrina Hill talks with San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Compliance Manager John Cadrett.

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The Waters of the US (WOTUS) Rule goes into effect Friday. What do farmers need to watch out for and what can they do about it at this point? Sabrina Hill reports.

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Getting drip to work on dairy facilities with lagoon water is difficult and projects always run into the same issue, issues that were harder this year because of water availability.

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Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week includes several reports from last week’s Citrus Expo seminars and trade show in Florida. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Seafood Platter
In the first part of her series Cathy Isom tells us what a USDA survey says about Americans and Seafood.

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Commodities Trading
In today’s report we have the Fluid Milk and Cream Review, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report and the end of the day market numbers for other commodities.

Fluid Milk and Cream Review

Milk output in California is steady. Temperatures in the Central Valley are slightly lower. Milk volumes into local manufacturing plants are lower, as well as shipments out of the state. Bottling sales are higher as most of the public schools are reopening. Sales for condensed skim are quiet with expectations to increase as Labor Day Holiday approaches. July 2015 pool receipts of milk in California total 3.27 billion pounds, 4.4% lower compared to July last year, according to California Department of Food and Agriculture. Year-to-date through July 2015 receipts are 4.1% lower from the comparable months in 2014. The July Value at Test price is $14.95, $.41 lower than June 2015 and $6.64 lower than July 2014. The percentage of receipts used in Class 1 products is 13.15%. The July quota price is $16.02 and the over quota price is $14.32. These prices are $.32 lower than July 2015 and $6.51 lower than a year ago. Check ending market prices. →

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Everett Griner talks about olive farming is set to grow again in today’s Agri View.

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In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing untamed brussels sprouts with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here’s what you’ll need:
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Livestock producers should consider both nutritional needs and costs when it comes to protein supplements for forage during the winter. Rod Bain reports.

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The latest segment in the Growing California video series, a partnership with California Grown, is “Drought Landscaping.”

The state Legislature returned to Sacramento this week to conclude the first year of the 2015-16 session. In the next 30 days, hundreds of bills will be discussed, debated, amended and voted on. Some bills will pass both houses of the Legislature and move to the governor for a signature or veto, whereas others will fail.
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Lightning and rain over the Coalinga Hills. Courtesy: Jason Hallenburg

Courtesy: Jason Hallenburg

Remember the sound of rain falling outside your window?
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Central Valley crop reports all showed gains for 2014 and that’s partially to do with the increase in permanent crops like almonds. This video shows almond shaking from Fresno County, with an ant’s view of the process. Hear what Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen says about the Fresno County crop report, and how the drought will continue to affect the county.

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Ryan Jacobsen, Fresno County Farm Bureau

Ryan Jacobsen, Fresno County Farm Bureau

Another California county sees record breaking production value despite the drought, but ag leaders continue to stress, the numbers don’t show the whole picture. Sabrina Hill has more with Fresno County Farm Bureau’s Ryan Jacobsen.

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Bud failure has been more of an issue for almond producers this season in northern California and management differs, depending on the age of the orchard.

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Walnut harvest, like many other harvests in the state, came early this year and experts say nitrogen applications need to cease come September as growers prepare trees for winter.

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