California Almond Crop Estimates and North American Cattlemen Meet

California Almond Crop Estimates and North American Cattlemen Meet

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, this is your Agribusiness Update.

**California’s 2024 almond crop is expected to come in at 3 billion pounds, which would make it the second-largest crop on record behind 2020, according to the USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service.

In its California Almond Forecast, the agency says this year’s harvest is expected to be 21% more than the 2.47 billion pounds produced last year.

The almond crop benefited from largely favorable weather that helped boost honeybee pollination.

**The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association along with their Canadian and Mexican counterparts signed a joint statement pledging to work together on a number of issues.

The three groups are also calling on the U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments to re-engage in opening markets for beef exports and provide stronger science-based oversight of beef imports.

Unfortunately, the three governments have expanded market access for beef IMPORTS while providing fewer opportunities for exports.

**A new report from The Hill says pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and agriculture interests have combined to spend over $400 million lobbying Congress on a new farm


The report also found that between 2019 and 2023, giant agribusinesses, and food and ag industry associations reported a combined $523 million in federal lobby expenditures on ‘farm bill’ issues.

The report says agribusiness lobbying has steadily increased, up 22% in the past five years.

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