Ag News: California Tomato Production Down & Red Meat Sustainability
**California tomato farmers are expecting only a modest decline in output this year.
But growers fear drought conditions could lead to a bigger drop in tomato production next year.
The California Tomato Growers Association said this year’s very hot growing season WILL impact Central Valley yields.
The state’s tomato forecast of 12 million tons has been revised downward by 400,000 tons and could fall more.
**The USDA is on track to provide a record level of support for rural working capital and other business capital needs in fiscal year 2021.
The Department has invested $1.2 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses in 41 states.
These investments, made through the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee AND CARES Act Programs, are expected to create or save more than 12,000 jobs in rural areas.
**Sustainability is a matter of growing importance to international customers of U.S. red meat, according to Cheyenne McEndaffer, U.S. Meat Export Federation director of export services.
She notes the focus on sustainability has recently heightened due to the upcoming United Nations Food Systems Summit and the U.S. RE-joining the Paris Climate Accords.
McEndaffer says the U.S. has the unique ability to produce beef and pork using fewer resources and locally grown feed, allowing for efficient meat production and lower emissions for a reduced impact on the environment.