AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The head of a cooperative that markets California-grown wool says prices have reached the highest levels in more than 20-years. Marketers say California farmers can now sell wool for as much as $1.90 a pound, or more than double the average price they earned last year.

California farmers marketed 2.7 million pounds of wool during 2009.

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California almond growers are shelling out another record crop.

Western Farm Press reports, it's the 8th "billion-pound crop" in the last nine seasons. Central California Almond Growers Association says almond orchards on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley yielded better than expected.

Earlier this month, the growers association shelled more than one-million pounds through the company's three almond shellers near Kerman and a single facility in Sanger.

Prices are up once again as sales continue to increase, averaging 10 percent to 15 percent each season. Total shipments through October 31st were up more than 9-percent, domestic shipments up more than 13-percent, and exports up almost 8-percent.

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