Ag News: Cal. Avocados Smaller and China’s ASF Control Complicated
**Avocados from California are smaller this year and the seasonal harvest is expected to be down by as much as 30% in total pounds.
According to the California Avocado Commission, that’s the result of low rainfall totals over the last few years, and Santa Ana winds that struck avocado-growing regions in January.
This year, growers are more likely looking at cartons with 60 smaller avocados instead of 48 larger ones.
**China's efforts to control African swine fever outbreaks among its pig herd remain complicated, with 11 outbreaks reported so far this year and new variants also present.
According to www.agweb.com, China has been rebuilding its pig herd after the virus, first detected in 2018, slashed pig and pork output in the world's top market.
Industry sources say there were fresh outbreaks in northern and northeastern China earlier in the year, and newer outbreaks in the southwest.
**The American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is accepting online applications for the 2022 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge through August 20th.
This national business competition showcases U.S. startup companies providing innovative solutions to either traditional or emerging challenges faced by America's farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
Farm Bureau will award a total of $165,000 in startup funds.
Find out more about the Ag Innovation Challenge at …