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Cathy Isom tells you why there is about a dozen reasons why you’ll want to grow your own Rosemary. That’s coming up on  This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Dow DuPont merger acquisition
The European Union has approved the Dow DuPont merger after the companies agreed to sell substantial assets including key research and development activities. Continue reading

Singapore
Singapore will push forward to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a change from other nations taking a wait and see approach after President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the trade agreement. Continue reading

president
President Donald Trump Monday signed a congressional resolution directing the Bureau of Land Management to repeal their Planning 2.0 Rule. The resolution was supported by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau, and others. The American Farm Bureau had suggested the rule, which was finalized in December, would negatively impact federal lands use. Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council, applauded the action and called it a significant victory for western ranchers. He says the rule would have caused a wholesale shift in management focus at BLM by prioritizing social and environmental change over ensuring the multiple use of public lands. Lane says the Public Lands Council looks forward “to working with the new Administration to bring together a streamlined planning process that works for livestock ranchers and the western communities that depend on the use of BLM lands.”

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.

meat importsBans on meat imports from Brazil following the announced investigation into alleged bribery over meat safety issues were short-lived as China, Chile and Egypt have resumed imports from Brazil. Continue reading

Argentina
Mexico is mulling over drafting trade agreements that offer Brazil and Argentina duty-free access to the Mexican market for corn. Continue reading

weather unusual storm
Everett Griner talks about how the warm winter weather brought trouble in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →


In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing pistachio & cranberry poppy seed salad with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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The California Department of Food and Agriculture announced that the delayed citrus tarping regulation that was slated to take effect in early March will now begin in April. The bulk citrus safeguarding requires shipments to be fully covered. CDFA said there are several ways for the industry to be compliant with the new regulation and enforcement will begin Monday, April 3. Continue reading

commodity
Today’s commodity report: California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report, Shell Eggs: Daily National Egg Market and other commodity end of the day market numbers.

California Shell Eggs: Daily Egg Report

Benchmark prices are unchanged for Jumbo with all other sizes 4 cents higher. The undertone is steady. Retail and food service demand is moderate to fairly good while warehouse distributors are buying on an as needed basis. Check ending market prices. →

natural
You feel that cold coming on and nothing to take for it. You may have something and not know it. Cathy Isom tells us about some natural ways to  help when the common cold strikes. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Pacific region livestock meat
The world’s biggest packer, JBS, suspended meat production at 33 of its 36 meatpacking plants in Brazil as countries continue to ban Brazilian beef due to the corruption scandal and ongoing investigation. Continue reading

repairA battle is brewing in at least eight states over “right-to-repair” legislation. Tractors have gone high tech and often require software downloads to aid in the repair process. Continue reading

study
A recent study by the Organic Trade Association finds that 82 percent of U.S. households in the lower 48 states buy organic products regularly. The Association says those findings build a strong case for continued U.S. Department of Agriculture funding under incoming secretary Sonny Perdue. Laura Batcha (Bat-cha), CEO and Executive Director of the Association, says, “The organic community is looking forward to working with new leadership coming into the USDA.” She says they’re looking forward to showing how important adequate funding is to keep a strong organic program moving forward and to help organic become a part of healthy diets across the country. Continue reading


Two of the bigger Agriculture groups are divided on the Republican plan (American Health Care Act) to replace the Affordable Care Act. Politico’s Morning Agriculture report says American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall sent a letter to Congress asking House members to pass H.R. 1628. Duvall said Farm Bureau believes the primary responsibility for health care lies with individuals. Continue reading

downstream
Everett Griner talks about what is put in the soil eventually ends up downstream in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →


In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing smoked salmon with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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pacific region cattle feedCattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.8 million head on March 1, 2017. The inventory was slightly above March 1, 2016.

Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.69 million head, 1 percent below from 2016. Continue reading

Pacific Region Commercial Slaughter

Pacific region livestock
California’s production of red meat during February 2017 totaled 114 million pounds (dressed weight), slightly above than February 2016. This figure includes slaughter in Federally-inspected and state-inspected plants, but excludes farm slaughter. In February 2017, the average live weight of cattle slaughtered in California was 1,307 pounds, calves averaged 91 pounds, sheep and lambs averaged 148 pounds, and hogs averaged 257 pounds. In Hawaii, 700,000 pounds of red meat were produced in February 2017, and 100,000 pounds of red meat were produced in Nevada. Continue reading

NPPC
Citing grave concerns that they would “cause serious harm to the pork industry,” the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) in comments submitted said the U.S. Department of Agriculture should not finalize – or at least exempt pork producers from – regulations related to the buying and selling of livestock.

According to NPPC, the so-called Farmer Fair Practices Rules – an interim final rule and a proposed regulation – would “enable a torrent of lawsuits against members of the pork industry,” replace carefully negotiated contracts with standard terms that are unworkable, ignore crucial differences among the various sectors of the meat industry and raise serious constitutional concerns under the First Amendment.” The regulations were issued in the last weeks of the Obama administration by USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). Continue reading

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