ASF Forum in Mexico and California Fire Damage
**National Pork Producers Council leaders and staff attended the second North American African Swine Fever Forum in Mexico City.
The meeting, hosted by Mexico’s Ag Secretary, focused on harmonizing prevention and response between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
President David Herring represented NPPC in front of over 600 Mexican pork producers and industry representatives addressing the current state of the U.S. pork sector and public policy priorities, including USMCA ratification, foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness, visa reform and gene editing.
**Assessing agricultural damage from California’s Kincade Fire will take some time, once the fire has been contained.
Flames have destroyed or damaged wineries, barns and other structures in Sonoma County.
A 107-year-old cattle ranch lost nearly all of its buildings and reports indicate between 10 and 20% of the region's winegrapes remain on the vines.
The county Farm Bureau has helped relocate evacuated farm animals and organized a hay drive.
**After 126 years of milking cows, the Giacomazzi family is shutting down California’s oldest dairy farm to expand their budding almond business.
Started in 1893, the Giacomazzi Dairy in Hanford grew into a 1,000-cow facility.
According to agweb.com, the family made the decision in 2013 to transition to almonds and planted trees on 400 acres.
Taking approximately five years to mature, the trees have begun to produce fruit, allowing for the changeover.