**California’s pear production is slightly down from last year, but that’s not necessarily bad news.

That’s because pear farmers are producing more on reduced acreage.

And after years of removing trees due to shrinking markets, growers say they are encountering few problems in finding buyers for their fruit this year.

California’s most widely grown pear, Bartlett, accounts for 90% of the state’s crop.

**The USDA says America’s egg production totaled 8.67 billion during June, a 3% drop from last year.

Production included 7.4 billion table eggs and 1.3 billion hatching eggs.

The average number of egg layers totaled 366 million in June, down 4% from last year.

June egg production per 100 layers was 2,367 eggs, up 2%.

**Representatives of several ag lobbying groups testified last week at a House hearing on crop insurance ahead of the 2023 farm bill, urging Congress to ‘stay the course.’

According to www.agrimarketing.com, they described the crop insurance program as one of the best tools available to protect farmers from crop losses, regardless of farm size.

Currently the U.S. government pays out more than $7-billion annually in crop insurance subsidies, with farmers and ranchers receiving a roughly 60% premium discount on their insurance policies.

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