5/21/2011 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The equine herpes outbreak is now contained. Veterinarians say there have been no new cases of the disease in California for more than 14 days.

More than 55 horses around the country tested positive for the rare disease. A dozen horses had to be euthanized after being infected.

Ag officials say there's always a risk of disease and horse owners should make sure their animals are protected.

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More Americans are growing their own food to save money.

The National Gardening Association says 43 million households planned to grow at least some of their own food in 2009. It's the latest numbers available, but the trend seems to be continuing.

"Burpee and Company" says its vegetable seed and plant sales jumped in March. The company says people might be trying to save money after seeing rising gas and produce prices.

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A state lawmaker wants you to eat only California grown foods on sunday. Capitol Press reports, the assembly passed an "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day".

San Francisco Assemblywoman Fiona Ma authored the bill. She says California produces about 400 commodities and a significant amount of food, yet Californians still spend millions of dollars on out-of-state foods.

She's urging people to sign a pledge to dedicate sundays to local foods on the "Eat Local, Buy California Grown Day" Facebook page.

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