AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif. Federal land management and conservation are often hotly debated and can lead to long-lasting policy stalemates in western states. The next event will be in Los Angeles in the coming weeks.

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It has been a very good year for navel orange production. Farmers say this has been one of the best years ever for fruit quality.

The California Farm Bureau tells us the cool spring weather has kept the navel oranges from becoming overripe. Farmers will be picking fruit through the last week of June.

California mandarin harvest is finished for the season. Valencia oranges are being picked now, but most are being exported. More will go to the domestic market when navel orange production ends.

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California tomato farmers will plant fewer tomatoes this year. The U.S.D.A. says growers have contracts to produce just over 12-million tons of tomatoes, down 6 percent from last year.

The state farm bureau says the cool, wet weather this spring has disrupted planting schedules. Most growers say they are about two weeks behind schedule. They're optimistic the crop will catch up when warm weather finally takes hold.

California leads the nation in processing tomato production.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to step into a legal spat over human waste.

The nation's highest court said Tuesday it won't rule on Kern County's ban of dumping human waste on its fields.

Los Angeles and the sanitation districts of Orange County have been hauling sludge to those fields for use as fertilizer. They claim the ban violates federal interstate commerce laws and California recycling laws.

The case will go back to a lower federal court.

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