Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Wildfires damage farms, ranches
Because wildfires continue to burn in Northern California and communication in rural areas remains spotty, it will take some time for farmers and officials to assess the full extent of agricultural damage
. In Mendocino County, for example, the county Farm Bureau says some vineyards have burned, some have been singed and some are undamaged. Winegrape harvest had nearly ended in part of the fire-damaged area, but was continuing in other parts of the region.
Farm groups focus on trade talks
With negotiations on reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement due to resume in Washington Wednesday, the American Farm Bureau joined in a grassroots campaign to underscore the importance of trade for the rural economy. Farm Bureau announced it is joining a coalition
called Farmers for Free Trade, which aims to mobilize rural residents in favor of trade agreements. Farm Bureau says 20 percent of U.S. farm income stems from agricultural exports.
Trends point to lower turkey prices
Early indications point to the potential for lower turkey prices for the holiday season. American Farm Bureau analysts say
farmers across the nation have been building turkey flocks, and that wholesale prices for whole birds have been well below average for most of the year. California ranks eighth in the nation in turkey production. Most California-grown whole turkeys will be sold fresh, rather than frozen.
Sweet potato harvest hits full stride
If you’ve ordered sweet potato fries recently, farmers in California’s main sweet potato-growing region say you’ve contributed to an uptick in demand. Harvest is well underway in Merced County, which accounts for about 90 percent of the state’s sweet potato production. Farmers there say they hope their crop will ultimately come close to matching last year’s in volume. North Carolina leads the nation in sweet potato production, with California ranking second.
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