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In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing sugar cookies with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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Proposed Reduction of the Light Brown Apple Moth Quarantine Boundary – San Diego County

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Light Brown Apple Moth

Effective December 9, 2016, the Department has reduced the San Diego County Quarantine Boundary in the Walker drive area. A map of the proposed boundary can be found at: Continue reading

crop production
The USDA-NASS, Pacific Regional Office released the crop production forecast for November. The latest survey, which was conducted during the last week of November and the first week of December, included the following commodities: Continue reading

USDA Sends National Agricultural Classification Survey Ahead of 2017 Census of Agriculture

usda census of agriculture
In preparation for the 2017 Census of Agriculture, close to one million potential farmers and ranchers will receive the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) this month to help the U.S. Department of Agriculture identify all active farms and ranches in the United States. The result of the NACS will determine who receives a census of agriculture questionnaire next December. Continue reading

In an effort to improve wildlife habitat and the health of private forest lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced additional incentives available for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants to actively manage forest lands enrolled in the program. Continue reading

United States Commercial Slaughter

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.43 billion pounds in October 2016, up 3 percent from the 4.31 billion pounds produced in October 2015. Continue reading

Citrus crop forecastMark Hudson, USDA/NASS, Washington D.C. reported the December citrus crop forecast. California reported no changes in any category for December. Continue reading

upcycling jars
Cathy Isom tells us how a little creative upcycling can make gift-giving a lot of fun this year. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

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

The January 2017 Milk Pricing Data has been posted on THE CDFA Dairy Marketing Branch website.

The Class 1 price for January 2017 has been announced on the CDFA website.

The December 2016 issue of the California Dairy Review has been posted to the CDFA Dairy Marketing Branch website. Check ending market prices. →

high school ag-graduate
A new study shows the agriculture industry adds nearly 60,000 jobs annually, yet only three percent of high school and college students are aware of the job prospects in agriculture. Continue reading

immigration farm labor shortage
A blog by the Washington Post says if President-elect Donald Trump pursues a major crackdown on illegal immigration, prices of some fruits and vegetables may soar higher. Trump has promised a crackdown on the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Continue reading

Farm cattle quarantine
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced earlier this week the federal quarantine in Alberta and Saskatchewan now includes about 50 premises as inspectors continue the investigation into a micro bovine tuberculosis outbreak. Continue reading

A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture released this week shows 99 percent of U.S. farms were family farms in 2015. Family farms, according to USDA, are classified as a farm where the principal operator and his or her relatives owned the majority of the business. Continue reading

food price index
The monthly Food Price Index compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations dipped slightly in November. Released Thursday, the index averaged 171.3 points in November, only 0.4 percent below its October level, but still 10.4 percent higher than November 2015. Continue reading

meat prices
Everett Griner talks about why lower meat prices are forecast in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

In today’s California Kitchen, learn to cook amazing lemon scones with The Untamed Chef, Albert J. Hernandez. Here is what you will need:
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organic products
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of up to $3.8 million in funding to support research, education and extension to support organic farmers and ranchers as well as those adopting organic practices for the first time. The grants are funded through the Organic Transitions Program (ORG), administered by NIFA and authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. Continue reading

Magnificent lake in vicinity of small city Bishop in California nutrient pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released the results of a national assessment showing that nutrient pollution is widespread in the nation’s lakes, with 4 in 10 lakes suffering from too much nitrogen and phosphorus.

Excess nutrients can cause algae blooms, lower oxygen levels, degraded habitat for fish and other life, and lower water quality for recreation. The National Lakes Assessment also found an algal toxin – microcystin – in 39 percent of lakes but below levels of concern. Low concentrations of the herbicide atrazine were found in 30 percent of lakes. Continue reading

San Joaquin Delta
Water that travels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta supplies 25 million Californians. This is the water that sustains our economy. Continue reading

Final Rule Balances Concerns Raised by Retailers While Still Improving Access to Healthy Food Choices for SNAP Participants

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced final changes to increase access to healthy food choices for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The provisions in this rule require SNAP authorized retail establishments to offer a larger inventory and variety of healthy food options.

“This final rule balances the need to improve the healthy staple foods available for purchase at participating stores, while maintaining food access for SNAP recipients in underserved rural and urban areas,” said Vilsack. “We received many helpful comments on the proposed rule and have modified the final rule in important ways to ensure that these dual goals are met. I am confident that this rule will ensure the retailers that participate in SNAP offer a variety of healthy foods for purchase and that SNAP recipients will continue to have access to the stores they need to be able to purchase food.” Continue reading

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