10-29 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Capitol Press reports, in the last two years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's natural Resources Conservation Service has helped farmers replace 814 aging machines with more modern equipment. It says it has reduced emissions by 1,349 tons, which is equivalent to removing 408-thousand cars from California highways.

Federal officials say next year they will invest $24-million dollars in the program, which splits the cost of upgrading equipment with owners.

California's farm belt has some of the highest levels of airborne dust, smoke and soot in the country.

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The harvest of California Pink Lady Apples will likely continue into mid-November.

The California Apple Commission says the overall crop this year is considered top quality. The mild summer helped the apples develop deep color and produce enhanced sugar content.

The commission says demand for apples has been strong. Export demand from Mexico is up despite a tariff imposed on California-grown fruit.

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