Cherries Running Late and GOP House Ag Appropriations Cuts
**Cherries typically kick off the stone-fruit season with peak volumes heading into the Memorial Day holiday.
But longer periods of cool weather this spring have slowed development of the fruit, delaying harvest by about two weeks in the state’s prime Northern California growing regions.
Growers in the southern San Joaquin Valley, who account for about a third of the state’s production, have been picking since earlier this month.
**Calling farmers, the Backbone of America, Busch Light announces the return of its popular Busch Light Corn Cans.
For each case of Corn Cans sold through July, Busch Light will donate $0.25, up to $200,000 to its long-time partner Farm Rescue.
Busch Light is launching the cans to honor and celebrate
America’s farmers and to raise awareness and funding for Farm Rescue’s mission of providing critical aid to farms in crisis.
**The House Ag Appropriations bill released last week provides $26.3 billion for total funding, $532 million below the 2023 funding level.
The bill provides $17.1 billion to the USDA, $11.7 billion
below the budget request.
The funding includes $8.1 billion from unused balances from pandemic-era programs.
House leaders say the bill reins in wasteful spending by redirecting billions in American Rescue Plan and Inflation Reduction Act funding to help America’s producers and rural communities.