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News Update
Aug. 15, 2005

USDA Designates California County Disaster Area

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns designated Tehama County in California as a primary agricultural disaster area, making all qualified farm operators eligible for low-interest emergency (EM) loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA).

The county was designated as a primary disaster area due to losses caused by hot, dry, windy weather; a severe hail storm; rain; and unusually cool temperatures that occurred during the period of March 1 through June 8.

Also eligible because they are contiguous are Butte, Glenn, Mendocino, Plumas, Shasta and Trinity counties.

Interested producers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.

AMS to Conduct Age-Verification Study

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced last week that once trade is reestablished with Japan, it will conduct a study measuring the reliability of U.S. age verification and USDA meat-grading methods, meatingplace.com reported.

The study is meant to answer skeptics and to show the reliability that meat grades A-50 and above are from animals under 21 months of age, the article noted.

Trade Data, Supply and Demand Estimates Available

The Economic Research Service (ERS) released publications Friday detailing the latest U.S. agricultural trade data, world agricultural supply and demand estimates and statistical indicators for agricultural outlook. Visit:

www.ers.usda.gov/data/fatus/monthlysummary.htm to view the latest U.S. agricultural trade data available from ERS;

www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/waobr/view.asp?f=wasde-bb for the most current USDA forecasts of U.S. and world supply-use balances for major grains, soybeans and products, and cotton, and U.S. supply and use data for sugar and livestock products; and/or

www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/Agoutlook/AOTables for statistical indicators previously published in Agricultural Outlook addressing a broad spectrum of agriculture-related issues.

— compiled by Crystal Albers, Angus Productions Inc.

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