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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, 2014 in review with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack..

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Italian pizza in Venice, ItalyEverett Griner talks about our farmers growing our food in today’s Agri View.

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Experts say choosing qualities in vine rootstocks can get tricky with what’s available.

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almond update logo2The Almond Board of California announced the 2014 Almond Achievement Award, which was presented to Dave Baker. Sabrina Hill has more.

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Farm City logo5Hear about stolen bee hives in Tulare County, the California Christmas tree industry and more in today’s Farm City Newsday.

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Today’s issue of Citrus Industry This Week from Florida includes information to help growers prepare for a freeze. Want to learn more? Click here to subscribe free and view the current issue. Click here to subscribe to the monthly Citrus Industry magazine.

Commodities TradingIn 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.

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USDA_800px-logo_svgusda-ag-counts-logoAs 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.

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Wind energyEverett Griner talks about Americans concern about the environment in today’s Agri View.

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Recent research presented at a sustainability expo in San Luis Obispo suggests many have been tissue sampling incorrectly.

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Drip irrigation systems are changing how some common practices like soil sampling need to be done.

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Collin Peterson 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.

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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.

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chickenLen Wilcox tells us why food safety advocates are mortified at the thought.

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sabrina-flowersMore protection is available for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance.

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app picA mobile app developed by the California Beef Council is helping foodservice professionals become more knowledgeable about beef and beef production. Sabrina Hill has more.

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chicken and eggsMore sources are saying consumers will feel the effects of Proposition 2, which will likely mean higher egg prices. Sabrina Hill has more.
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AFBF President Bob Stallman

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Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, issued the following statement regarding the passage of the tax extenders bill.
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