Ag News: NCBA Offers Disaster Relief
**The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is offering disaster relief for cattle producers with the Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, or WHIP.
According to agrimarketing.com, WHIP provides disaster payments to ag producers to offset losses from hurricanes and wildfires as well as information on ways those not affected can help those who are.
NCBA has also set up a page that aggregates all disaster relief information in one place, including state specific resources, contact and donation information.
**Windstorms, wildfires and a revision of yields on trees is dropping Washington apple crop production estimates for this season by 5-10%.
The Washington Apple Commission tells thepacker.com, the first estimate of the season in early August, by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association, was about 134 million 40-pound boxes, on par with the 133 million for the previous season.
Over Labor Day weekend, a windstorm knocked apples from trees, and some growers reported damage to trellis systems.
**Rice harvest gained momentum in the Sacramento Valley last week.
Rice farmers and marketers say they’re optimistic about crop prospects, though they say the pandemic has created an unusual marketing situation.
In the early days of the pandemic, Americans stocked up on rice and other staple foods, but that trend has eased, and demand from restaurants and other food services remains low. Most export markets for the crop look promising.