Ag Burning Deadline in California and House Reps Push Back on EATS Act

Ag Burning Deadline in California and House Reps Push Back on EATS Act

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**Grape growers, facing a January, 2025, deadline to end agricultural burning, say they’re having difficulty getting burn permits from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Under a 2003 law, open-air burning of orchards and vineyard material within the eight-county district was supposed to be phased out by 2010, provided alternate, less-polluting methods were available, but several biomass plants have closed.

The California Air Resources Board approved extending the deadline to end burning.

**Sixteen members of the House of Representatives pushed back against the Ending Agriculture Trade Suppression, or EATS Act.

The group sent a letter to House Ag Chair Glenn Thompson and Ranking Member David Scott.

Competitive Markets Action president Marty Irby applauds the representatives for taking a stand against the EATS Act that would sell out American agriculture to China.

He says it’s an assault on states’ rights backed by Smithfield, a wholly owned Chinese corporation.

**The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s Food Price Index edged lower to 121.5 in September, the lowest since March 2021.

Dairy prices dropped 2.3%, a ninth consecutive fall.

Meat costs dropped 1%, led by a drop in pork amid weak export demand from China and ample global availabilities.

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