Ag Report: California's water future and fall bringing some new interests in produce

Posted at 9:54 AM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 12:58:40-04

Potential progress on the trade war with China. A Chinese delegation is expected to travel to Washington, DC next month. President Donald Trump says China called him to ask that trade talks keep moving forward. China says it doesn't know about that call. Trump told reporters that United States tariffs have hurt China so bad that it has no choice but to reach a deal.

The California Department Of Food And Agriculture is hosting a public forum in Fresno next month to address California's water future. The meeting will be held on September 5th at the Fresno County Farm Bureau from noon to 3:30 p.m. State agencies are asking for residents of the state to help them shape a roadmap for meeting future water needs while strengthening the local environment and economy. They hope to address topics like safe drinking water, flood risks, agricultural needs, and native fish populations. The agencies also want ideas for actions needed to help the state cope with more extreme droughts, rising temperatures, and year-round fires.

Chili peppers, figs, and okra are maintaining their top status on the produce market guide but it looks like fall is bringing some new interests. That's according to the ag publication The Packer. The produce market guide is a platform that connects buyers and sellers throughout the produce industry, and tracks produce sales throughout the market. According to their reports, last week the top three stayed the same, while peaches move up two spots to number four. Meantime, cucumbers slipped down to number five, and perhaps a sign of growing interest in fall commodities, pumpkins shot up from number 12 to number six last week,