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California Ag Today

752 episodes - English - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★★ - 3 ratings

Focused on keeping local farmers, ranchers, agribusiness men, and women up to date on agriculture industry issues that affect each state's rural economy. Corryn La Rue is an agriculture reporter and 6th generation California farmer. Corryn is a former White House correspondent where she reported live during events like the U.S.-China phase one trade deal signing. Before she took over as a Bureau Chief in Washington D.C., Corryn graduated from Utah State University with two Bachelors’ of Science degrees: Agriculture Communications, and Journalism with a broadcast emphasis. Corryn completed ten internships in college, kickstarting her career in farm broadcasting. Her passion for journalism and rural mental health fuels her involvement in farm and ranch news. 

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Protect Bees

August 08, 2022 07:00 - 1.93 MB

Researchers on the west coast put the power of artificial intelligence to good use to protect bees from pesticides.

Keep an Eye on Soil Nitrogen Levels

August 05, 2022 07:00 - 2.11 MB

Drought or no drought, experts say farmers need to keep an eye on nitrogen levels in their soil. Both too little and too much water can impact soil chemistry and affect many nutrients’ ability to be available to crops. C-H-S Agronomy Product Manager Ryan Hageman says nitrogen plays a critical role in plant health.

USDA: Trade Mission to Philippines Could Open Markets for CA Producers

August 04, 2022 07:00 - 1.94 MB

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Daniel Whitely recently led a trade mission to the Philippines and said it was a very successful trip. New trade markets could be opening for California producers.

Wildfire Season is Here... Are You Prepared?

August 03, 2022 07:00 - 2.05 MB

On the heels of a dry spring in California, farm and ranch country is feeling the pressure of this upcoming wildfire season. And despite a couple rain showers sprinkled throughout the next month, firefighters remind you that it only takes a few days of hot weather to dry out vegetation, making it susceptible to a fast moving fire.

What CA Growers Can Do to Help Pollinators

August 02, 2022 07:00 - 2.03 MB

For the past few years, we have been talking about the use of insecticides in agriculture and the effect it is having on the pollinators that are depended on in the ecosystem.

Be Grape Wise with Hydra-Hume

August 01, 2022 07:00 - 2.09 MB

With today’s special Grape Wise report from Helena Agri-Enterprises, I’m Corryn La Rue with California Ag Today. We are joined by Paul Crout, Helena Agronomist for the Western Division.

UC Davis Clean Greenhouses

July 29, 2022 07:00 - 2 MB

The University of California Davis is building a special greenhouse to protect the future of America’s wine grape industry.

CA Wants to “Step Away” from Single-Species Management

July 28, 2022 07:00 - 2.02 MB

A small fish called the Delta Smelt has been a big topic for farmers in California, as the state cites its 2016 Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy for limiting the amount of water from the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta, earmarked for agriculture.

CA Prop 12 Concerns Linger for Ag Groups

July 27, 2022 07:00 - 1.99 MB

California’s Proposition 12 is going to the Supreme Court this fall to hear arguments on the new rules for different products such as swine, veal calves and eggs in California.

Western Drought Reaching Catastrophic Levels

July 26, 2022 07:00 - 1.99 MB

The western United States continues to suffer from a historic level of drought. California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot spoke during the Western Food and Ag Issues Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse. He offers a key example of the drought’s severity.

USDA Looking for NAREEE Board Members

July 25, 2022 07:00 - 2.08 MB

The USDA National Agriculture Research Extension Education and Economics Advisory Board (known as NAREEE) is looking for volunteer members. NAREEE Board Executive Director Kate Lewis joins us, Kate tell us more about this opportunity.

AFBF wants CA Producer Input on Next Farm Bill

July 22, 2022 07:00 - 2.04 MB

Lawmakers have started the process of creating the 2023 Farm Bill and the American Farm Bureau Federation is working on gathering farmers’ priorities. Sam Kieffer, AFBF Vice President of Public Policy, says many lawmakers will be gathering information from farmers this summer.

More on Additional Shipping Reform

July 21, 2022 07:00 - 2.08 MB

California Democratic Representative John Garamendi is a primary sponsor of The Ocean Shipping Reform Act. He spoke during the Western Food and Ag Issues Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse. While the OSRA is a good first step, Garamendi says there’s more legislation coming to help solve the shipping challenges.

Karen Ross on Water Management Restructuring

July 19, 2022 07:00 - 2.09 MB

California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross joined us in Sacramento at the Agri-Pulse Food and Ag Issues Summit West to talk all things agriculture. Ross says water supply reliability in California starts with a state-wide infrastructure update.

Delta Smelt: CA Wants to “Step Away” from Single-Species Management

July 18, 2022 07:00 - 2.02 MB

A small fish called the Delta Smelt has been a big topic for farmers in California, as the state cites its 2016 Delta Smelt Resiliency Strategy for limiting the amount of water from the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta, earmarked for agriculture.

California Drought Reaching Catastrophic Levels

July 15, 2022 07:00 - 1.99 MB

The western United States continues to suffer from a historic level of drought. California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot spoke during the Western Food and Ag Issues Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse. He offers a key example of the drought’s severity.

Massive Water Storage Infrastructure to Combat Drought

July 13, 2022 07:00 - 2.09 MB

California Secretary of Agriculture Karen Ross joins us in Sacramento at the Agri-Pulse Food and Ag Issues Summit West to talk all things agriculture… a leading priority for Ross is the future of water storage in the very dry, but golden state.

NASA’s Devotion to Agriculture

July 12, 2022 07:00 - 2.11 MB

The Ag Information Network's Corryn La Rue is in Sacramento this week at the Agri-Pulse Food and Ag Issues Summit West, and had the honor of speaking with a NASA earth science division director Karen St. Germain… a leading topic of discussion? The common-sense marriage of the agriculture industry and NASA.

CA Cattlemen Look Forward to New Beef Demand in Taiwan

July 11, 2022 07:00 - 2.1 MB

Following a volume decline last year, U.S. beef exports to Taiwan are back at it for 2022.

Western Senators Worry for Drought

July 06, 2022 07:00 - 2.01 MB

According to the latest Drought Monitor Numbers, California continues to be designated as severe, extreme or exceptional drought.

CA Dairies & Federal Milk Pricing System Reform

July 05, 2022 07:00 - 2.03 MB

Flexibility and fairness in the federal milk pricing system is a top priority for Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative, says CEO Tim Trotter in a press conference outlining federal milk pricing reform.

USDA Seeking Research Board Members

July 01, 2022 07:00 - 2.08 MB

The USDA National Agriculture Research Extension Education and Economics Advisory Board (known as NAREEE) is looking for volunteer members. NAREEE Board Executive Director Kate Lewis joins us, Kate tell us more about this opportunity.

NCBA:Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act

June 30, 2022 07:00 - 2.08 MB

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association says it opposes the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act… primarily because of government involvement in the cattle market.

Breakdown of Prop 12 in Supreme Court

June 29, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this fall regarding California’s Proposition 12—which creates new rules for different products such as swine, veal calves and eggs in California.

Navigating High Fertilizer Prices and Low Water Availability

June 28, 2022 07:00 - 2.04 MB

Certified PCA and Crop Advisor with Precision Laboratories Michael Terry joins us to talk about how to navigate low water supply and high fertilizer costs this year.

Wildfire Season Prep Starts Now

June 27, 2022 07:00 - 2.05 MB

On the heels of a dry spring in California, farm and ranch country is feeling the pressure of this upcoming wildfire season.

Inflation and High Fuel Prices Pressures Rural Mainstreet Index

June 23, 2022 07:00 - 2.09 MB

The June Rural Mainstreet Index from Creighton University sank into negative territory for the first time since September 2020. RMI co-creator Dr. Ernie Goss says June’s reading of 49.8 is below growth neutral.

Supply Chain Issues Need More Solutions

June 22, 2022 07:00 - 2.05 MB

Supply chain issues continue to take legislative priority as America faces potential long-term consequences. Congressman Ron Kind says just nine companies dominate trans-pacific shipping, and have increased shipping rates of 1,000 percent in the last 12 months.

CA Cattle Producers… Stay Vigilant in this Heat

June 21, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

Although California livestock producers are used to the effects summer heat has on their animals… taking that extra step and preparing for higher temps could be the difference between life and death… literally.

Weed Control Despite Delayed Planting

June 20, 2022 07:00 - 2.08 MB

Cool and wet conditions slowed spring planting progress in parts of farm country. Kip Jacobs, technical services manager for crop protection company UPL, says farmers can still control yield-robbing weeds when planting starts slowly.

AFBF Welcomes Ocean Shipping Reform Act

June 17, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

President Joe Biden signed into law the Ocean Shipping Reform Act Thursday afternoon, applauded by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF President Zippy Duvall attended the signing ceremony at the White House and says the Biden administration worked with Farm Bureau to support passage of the bill.

Western Cattle Groups Concerned Over Govt. Intervention

June 16, 2022 07:00 - 2.03 MB

Cattle groups have concerns about the federal government getting involved in issues between beef producers and meat packers.

New Legislation to Prevent China From Buying Farmland

June 15, 2022 07:00 - 2.09 MB

A new bill being introduced into congress would stop China from buying any more land in California, or anywhere else in the nation.

USDA Secures Funds to Prevent ASF in U.S. Part 2

June 14, 2022 07:00 - 2.08 MB

USDA’s Associate Administrator for APHIS, Jack Shere, joins us again for this two-part series to talk about new $500 million-dollar funding to keep African Swine Fever from hitting U.S. soil.

USDA Secures Funds to Prevent ASF in U.S. Part 1

June 13, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

USDA’s Associate Administrator for APHIS, Jack Shere, joins us for this two-part series to talk about a new $500 million-dollar funding to keep African Swine Fever from hitting U.S. soil.

USDA Secures Funds to Prevent ASF in U.S. Part 1

June 10, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

USDA’s Associate Administrator for APHIS, Jack Shere, joins us for this two-part series to talk about a new $500 million-dollar funding to keep African Swine Fever from hitting U.S. soil.

Grape Wise Report: Vine Stress before Veraison

June 10, 2022 07:00 - 2.1 MB

With today’s special Grape Wise report from Helena Agri-Enterprises, I’m Corryn La Rue with California Ag Today. We are joined by Paul Crout, Helena Agronomist for the Western Division.

Record-Breaking Fuel Prices to Linger

June 09, 2022 07:00 - 2.02 MB

Fuel prices have jumped considerably during the past couple of weeks, with gasoline prices and diesel prices moving anywhere from 15-25 cents higher and even more than that in other parts of the country. GasBuddy's Patrick DeHaan joins us.

Poor Range Conditions to Impact Cattle Numbers and Price

June 08, 2022 07:00 - 1.99 MB

The Livestock Information Center’s Director and Senior Agricultural Economist Katelyn McCullock is concerned about what poor conditions will mean for beef cow numbers down the road.

Crop Insects to Look for in June

June 03, 2022 07:00 - 2.03 MB

Crops are in the ground, which means, now is the time for farmers to pay close attention to some of the insects that might be infesting fields. University of Illinois Field Crops Entomologist Nick Seiter says… the insects that farmers should watch out for will vary per crop.

Ethanol Groups Want Permanent E15 Waivers

June 02, 2022 07:00 - 2.09 MB

President Biden lifted the summertime E15 driving restrictions. Growth Energy’s CEO Emily Skor says the president’s decision was a major victory for American drivers and the nation’s energy security.

Farm Labor Crisis Continues: New H2A Data

June 01, 2022 07:00 - 2.04 MB

Most sectors of U.S. agriculture still faces labor shortages, new data confirms. Veronica Nigh, a senior economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, says farmers have talked for at least a decade about a tight farm labor market.

CA State Fair Expands Wine Garden

May 31, 2022 07:00 - 2.02 MB

A bit more news on the California State Fair. As the country begins to open up following the pandemic, the state fair is expanding its opportunity for the wine experience.

CA State Fair Changes Livestock Exhibition

May 30, 2022 07:00 - 2.03 MB

As the country begins to open up following the pandemic, the state fair is shifting the way it conducts the livestock show. California State Fair CEO Rick Pickering joins us to talk about some of those changes.

Vilsack: More Diversity Could Prevent Future Formula Shortages

May 27, 2022 07:00 - 2.02 MB

Last show Corryn covered what’s being done currently to stock grocery store shelves again. This time, she's going to dive a little deeper. Let’s start with why this happened.

CA Dairies Will Help With Baby Formula Shortage

May 26, 2022 07:00 - 2.07 MB

The Department of Agriculture is teaming up with the Department of Defense and Health and Human Services to get safe infant formula on store shelves as quickly as possible.

CA’s Farmer Veteran Coalition Donations Reaches Record-Breaking High

May 25, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

The Farmer Veteran Coalition announced nearly half million dollars given in awards and equipment to veterans across the country through the Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund.

Say Cheese! State Fair Competition Back After Pandemic

May 24, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

California State Fair CEO Rick Pickering joins us today to talk about the success of the event center’s cheese competition.

Dairy Groups Call for Retaliatory Tariffs on Canada Part 2

May 23, 2022 07:00 - 2.04 MB

American dairy groups are calling on the U.S. government to implement retaliatory tariffs on Canada over its dairy policies. Thank you for joining us again for part two, Senior Vice President for Trade Policy National Milk Producers Federation Shawna Morris is back on to chat with us more on this topic.

Dairy Groups Call for Retaliatory Tariffs on Canada Part 1

May 20, 2022 07:00 - 2.06 MB

American dairy groups are calling on the U.S. government to implement retaliatory tariffs on Canada over its dairy policies. The groups say our northern neighbor refuses to meet its signed treaty obligations under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement concerning dairy market access.