A weekly look at some of the events and activities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this edition of USDA Week In Review, 2014 in review with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack..
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In today’s report we have the California Fluid Milk Report, the Butter and Cheese Report, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report and the end of the day market numbers for other commodities.
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Products are emerging that will help pollinators and promote activity. The Almond Board of California recently released its best management practices guideline for honey bees, and at their 2014 annual conference last week, bees were a big topic of discussion. Some vendors at the trade show were showing attendees products that can aid bee pollination.
As millions of Americans’ venture out to purchase a fresh cut Christmas tree or poinsettia this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be surveying the producers of those cherished holiday traditions. NASS is conducting the 2014 Census of Horticultural Specialties to gather detailed information on horticultural production and sales across the United States.
“The Census of Horticulture includes Get due date and what this means for California. →
AgNet West has an update on the California egg regulations story we have been following.
California egg prices could see a substantial increase due to Proposition 2, and now a ranking member of the House Ag Committee says he hopes the nation learns a lesson from California voters’ mistake. Tony St. James has more.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has funds available through its Catastrophic Fire Recovery Initiative to address the immediate impacts of fire on natural resources on land that has suffered impacts from recent California wildfires. This assistance is available to agricultural operators or private non-industrial forest owners and applications will be accepted and considered for possible funding on a continuing basis.
A mobile app developed by the California Beef Council is helping foodservice professionals become more knowledgeable about beef and beef production. Sabrina Hill has more.