Wednesday, July 19, 2017
 
Wildfires scorch rural land
Rural landscapes around California continue to suffer, as wildfires affect many parts of the state. Cattle ranchers in the area of the Detwiler fire in Mariposa County moved quickly to protect livestock and said they had lost feed and fencing to the flames. Winegrape growers near the Alamo fire on the Central Coast say their grapes appear to have come through that fire without suffering from smoke damage.
 
Farmers list NAFTA goals
As the Trump administration outlines its objectives in renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, farmers and ranchers say they want to be sure NAFTA continues to expand agricultural trade with Canada and Mexico. The American Farm Bureau says the agreement has benefited U.S. farmers. Among its priorities for a modernized NAFTA, Farm Bureau seeks improvements on exports of fruits, vegetables, wine, dairy products and other farm goods. 
 
Study predicts increased U.S. meat consumption
More production of red meat and poultry will likely lead to greater consumption, according to projections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA predicts increased consumption of pork, beef, chicken, and turkey in the coming year. The forecast says U.S. production of each of those meats will rise in 2018, and that imports will add to the available supply. The report predicts lamb supplies will decline slightly. 
 
Agricultural Heritage Club to expand

Longevity in agricultural production and representation will be recognized during an event at the California State Fair Wednesday. The fair will induct 21 farms, ranches and agricultural businesses into the California Agricultural Heritage Club, which recognizes 100 or more years of continuous operation. The new Heritage Club members will include eight county Farm Bureaus from around the state.         

 

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