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, celebrating WIC’s 40th anniversary, helping pollinators thrive and survive, and using rain barrels to save water and money. Please watch the video. →
More than 220 California educators and volunteers attended an annual California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference earlier this month to learn about agriculture and connecting Common Core to California crops. The conference, hosted by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (CFAITC), was held October 16-18 in Santa Cruz County and provided participants with free resources and valuable avenues for teaching Common Core, STEM, and school garden/nutrition lessons.
The program, designed for educators, administrators, and community volunteers, presented opportunities to explore the agricultural industry and enhance existing curriculum with examples and scenarios about food and fiber production. California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross Learn more about this event. →
In today’s report we have the Fluid Milk and Cream Review, the Cold Storage Report, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report and the ending market numbers for other commodities.
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Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.1 million head on October 1, 2014. The inventory was 1 percent below October 1, 2013. The inventory included 6.46 million steers and steer calves, up 1 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 64 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.55 million head, down 3 percent from 2013.
Placements in feedlots during September totaled Read the full report. →
Spot cotton quotations were 118 points lower than the previous week, according to the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service’s Cotton and Tobacco Program. Quotations for the base quality of cotton (color 41, leaf 4, staple 34, mike 35-36 and 43-49, strength 27.0-28.9, uniformity 81.0-81.9) in the seven designated markets averaged 62.71 cents per pound for the week ended Thursday, October 23, 2014. The weekly average was down from 63.89 cents last week, and 78.59 cents reported the corresponding period a year ago. Daily average quotations ranged from a low of 62.39 cents on Monday, October 20 to Get full report for SJV and AP cotton. →
Compared to last week, not enough head traded to establish trend. A few loads of Holstein steers for February delivery traded. Bulk of supply consisted of Holstein steers weighing 275-300 lbs. Heifers accounted for 0 percent of total supply. Cattle weighing over 600 lbs totaled 0 percent.
Unless otherwise stated, prices fob shipping point with 2-3 percent shrink or equivalent with 5-10 cent slide on calves, 3-6 cent slide on yearlings from base weight. Delivered prices include freight, commissions and other expenses. Check prices. →
Benchmark prices are steady. Asking prices for next week are 1 cent higher for Jumbo, 3 cents higher for Extra Large and unchanged on the remainder of sizes. Trade sentiment is mostly steady to instances higher. Offerings and demand are moderate. Supplies are balanced for immediate needs. Market activity is slow to mostly moderate. Small benchmark price $1.25. Check California and Southern California benchmark prices. →
Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week from Florida includes reports on IMG Citrus investing in groves and a packinghouse as well as details on newly announced citrus grower tax reductions. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.
A portion of northwestern Santa Clara County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of psyllids in the City of San Jose near Kelly Park.