More than 30 years ago, we began producing daily radio newscasts aired throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Northern California to keep the region informed about current agriculture and environmental issues.
Ag News: Cal Cherries Get Rained On and New USDA Authority
Cherry growers in the northern San Joaquin Valley say they avoided severe losses from mid-May rainstorms that threatened the ripening fruit.
Ag News: China & Phase 1 Commitments and U.S.-U.K. Negotiations
Trump administration are touting China's commitments so far in implementing the phase one trade deal with the U.S., even as the coronavirus has strained relations between the countries.
Ag News: Milk Production Up in April
The USDA reported that April milk production was up 1.4%. Cow numbers are up 49,000 head from a year ago, but down 4,000 from March.
Ag News: Blueberry Prices Hit By Imports and Beef-Pork Exports Up
Blueberry production from California farms will peak during the next two weeks and marketers say that, combined with the pandemic and a surge of imports from Mexico, has driven prices lower.
Ag News: Off-Farm Income Down and Hydroponic Organic Lawsuit
Nearly half of the farmers or ranchers supplement agricultural income with off-farm jobs, responded to a California Farm Bureau survey said they’d lost off-farm income due to the pandemic.
Ag News: USDA Waivers and Plant-based Dairy Wording
USDA extending of three nationwide waivers, giving child nutrition programs the flexibility to continue to feed children while promoting social distancing during the pandemic.
Ag News: American Meat Consumption Down
USDA data shows the coronavirus, which has shut down meat plants and put millions out of work, will reduce American meat consumption 4% this year.
Ag News: California Cherry Harvest
Harvest of the California cherry crop, estimated at 7 million 18-pound boxes, is underway in southern growing regions near Bakersfield and Fresno.
Lost Markets-Off Farm Income and Meat Processing Problems
Lost markets and off-farm income related to the pandemic have proven difficult for many in California agriculture. 42% lost OFF-farm income, due stay-at-home orders.
Ag News: Exports to China and H-2A Restrictions
The flow of U.S. farm exports to China has increased since the two nations signed a "Phase 1" trade agreement in January.