California Strawberry Production and U.S. Fruit-Veg Export Value Down
**The season started slowly, but California strawberry production should be larger than last years.
According to a USDA report, California farmers planted more strawberries last fall, which should lead to a bigger harvest this season.
The report says Americans’ strawberry consumption has more-than-doubled since the turn of the century, with both domestic and foreign supplies rising to meet the increased demand.
**A Purdue University study finds a fraction of U.S. farmers who’ve pursued contracts for capturing carbon in the soil say the going rate is $20 an acre or less.
www.agrimarketing.com reports, companies that sell carbon credits to offset greenhouse gas emissions say the market is still in its infancy and prices will go up with demand.
The carbon credits created when carbon is sequestered are sold to those who are trying to reduce their own carbon emissions, such as manufacturers and airlines.
**The 2020 value of U.S. fresh fruit and vegetable exports declined slightly, according to a USDA analysis.
www.thepacker.com reports, the 76-page 2020 U.S. Ag Export Yearbook reported fresh fruit and vegetable exports reached $6.9 billion in 2020, a 2% decline from 2019.
The report says U.S. apple exports experienced the greatest drop, down $105 million from 2019, more than half of the overall decline, with the largest losses in Taiwan, India, and Canada.