University of California Adds Two to Ag Research and Record HPAI Bird Deaths
**For the first time in 50 years, the University of California has designated additional campuses as agricultural experiment stations.
Both UC Santa Cruz and UC Merced are now joining UC Davis, Berkeley and Riverside as research centers focused on scientific studies related to ag and natural resources.
The campuses will work closely with UC Cooperative
Extension, as well as farmers, ranchers, processors and others in food production and agriculture.
**U.S. farm producers received 14.5 cents per dollar spent on domestically produced food in 2021, down a penny from 2020.
The USDA’s Economic Research Service reports, that’s the lowest recorded farm share value in nearly three decades.
The remaining portion of the food dollar, the marketing share, covers the costs of getting domestically produced food from farms to points of purchase, including packaging, transportation, processing, and sales to consumers.
**A record 50.54 million birds in domestic flocks have died of highly pathogenic avian influenza or were culled to prevent spread of the disease since February, according to USDA data.
www.agriculture.com reports, the previous record of 50.4 million birds was set in the 2014-15 outbreak, described by the USDA as “arguably the most significant animal health event in U.S. history.”
The outbreaks have driven up egg and turkey prices, but supplies have remained adequate.