World Pear Day December 5th and California Winegrape Crush Lower
**A combination of lighter yields and smoke damage could reduce the California winegrape crush by 15% or more, according to a grape growers’ cooperative.
Analysts had expected the winegrape crush to be smaller, but then wildfires in some regions exposed grapes to smoke that made them unmarketable.
The Allied Grape Growers cooperative estimates as many as 325,000 tons of winegrapes may have been rejected due to smoke exposure.
**Pear Bureau Northwest will launch the 2020 edition of its annual World Pear Day December 5th .
World Pear Day comes as the USDA proclaims December National Pear Month.
While the event has always included a strong digital and social media component, this year's pandemic edition will feature MORE online events.
Pear lovers can connect through USA Pears social media channels and by using and following #WorldPearDay .
**Robert Bonnie, an Obama appointee at the USDA and head of an initiative to identify ag’s role in mitigating climate change, will lead a review of the USDA to prepare the way for the incoming administration.
According to agriculture.com, Biden has narrowed his focus to four issues: COVID-19, economic recovery, racial equity, and climate change.
The Washington Post reports, transition team ideas include the creation of a “carbon bank” at the USDA to pay farm and forest owners to store carbon in their soils.