5/24/11 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The European Grapevine Moth is on the move.

Growers throughout Napa and the Central Valley have been making progress against the destructive moth. But now, three European Grapevine Moths have been found in Nevada County.

It's the first time the pest has been found there.

The moth is known to destroy grape crops.

It damaged grapes in Napa County a couple of years ago, but growers have been vigilant fighting the moth.

While 100,000 moths were trapped last year, just under 100 were caught this spring.


You'll have to wait a bit longer bfore biting into a California Apple.

Harvest usually starts in July, but this year, farmers expect to start picking apples in August.

The California Apple commission says cool weather prolonged the apple bloom.

Farmers say they expect a high-quality crop, despite the problems.


Now you don't have to crank up the stove to cook pork.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is lowering its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees.

That's a drop of 15 degrees and a change from the agency's long standing guideline.

It means pork will be held to the same standard as beef, veal and lamb.

The USDA made the change after several years of research and talks with producers and food safety experts.

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