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Cathy Isom has some tips on keeping your backyard chickens safe from a deadly virus.

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Experts are asking citrus growers for a couple specific operations when it comes to Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) area-wide treatments.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is helping farmers in drought affected California conserve water and energy.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants the public’s help to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases.

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Everett Griner talks about the life of farm equipment in today’s Agri View.

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A recent law change is creating new opportunities for the wine grape industry in Southern California.

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Agriculture leaders are starting to see some new crops in Southern California due to water restrictions and a recently passed ordinance.

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In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing California with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here’s what you’ll need:
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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack telling a meeting of agricultural journalists in Washington his argument that countries should only impose bans on U.S. poultry coming from areas with avian flu outbreaks.
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The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will host a drought forum on Tuesday, May 5th at the Fresno County Fairgrounds.
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Atwater FFA Advisor Dave Gossman and Inglenook Winery's Amabassador harold Francis load up empty wine barrels that will be provided to the Atwater High School Agriculture Department for student FFA shop projects

Atwater FFA Advisor Dave Gossman and Inglenook Winery’s Amabassador harold Francis load up empty wine barrels

Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, California donated numerous wine barrels to the Atwater High School Agriculture Department for student-made FFA projects.
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USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam looks at why marketings of fed cattle were the lowest for March since the Cattle on Feed report series began in 1996.

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Cathy Isom talks about what we should have in our homes that could save our lives when severe weather threatens.

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One of the unfortunate byproducts of the current drought are the myths circulating regarding water use and the means for addressing the water crisis in the state. Some are perpetuations of myths developed during past water crises. Others build upon misinformation that has a more recent origin. Below are four myths that you may see in media accounts of the drought.

1) Agriculture uses 80 percent of water in the state.

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According to the 2013 California Water Plan, in an average water year, agriculture uses 41 percent of the applied water in California (California Water Plan 2013, Volume 1, page 3-35). Urban water uses total 10 percent and various environmental uses total 49 percent of applied water in the state.

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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, more solar power for USDA, taking on climate change, and the children come to work.

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In today’s report we have the California Weekly Hay Report, the California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, the AZ/CA/NV Direct Feeder Cattle Review and the end of the day market numbers for other commodities.

The California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report

Benchmark prices are 2 cents higher for Jumbo, Extra Large and Large and unchanged for Medium and Small. The undertone is steady. Retail demand is moderate. Offerings and supplies are moderate. Market activity is slow. Small benchmark price $1.35. Check ending market prices. →

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Everett Griner talks about the Muscadine grape finding favor in the southeast in today’s Agri View.

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USDA economist Annemarie Kuhns explains the downward adjustment of fruit and vegetable price forecasts from the previous month in the latest USDA Food Price Outlook.
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Southern California avocado growers could change how the industry operates as they experiment with high density farming.

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Obama, Vilsack Visit to CA

AgNet West was the only network given a one-on-one interview with U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack during his visit to California to discuss the drought and the only farm news network given White House press approval for the President's visit.