8/3/2011 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

They say the Mediterranean Fruit Fly is a serious threat to crops since the insect lays eggs in mature, market-ready fruits and vegetables.

Ag experts say contingency plans are needed to allow the production and sale of California fruits and vegetables so farmers can economically survive.

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Registration is now open for this year's Almond Conference in the North Valley.

The conference is scheduled for December 6th through the 8th in Modesto at the Modesto Center Plaza.

The theme for the 39th annual conference is "growing advantage" which organizers say, reflects the contuining growth of the almond crop. Symposiums will focus on scientific studies on how to keep almonds in demand.

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California water agencies are enjoying an unusual benefit: a tide of cheap water declared "surplus" after a bountiful winter.

State and federal agencies say they're making the water available this year for the first time since 2006. The aim is to find a productive use, in cities and on crops, for the weather that brought more water than state dams can hold.

The water is refilling reservoirs and aquifers all over the state, and putting thousands of acres of farmland back into production. The surplus sales aim to find new places for that abundance.

By dropping the price, state and federal water managers hope an urban water agency might decide to fill its local reservoirs, or that a farm irrigator will be tempted to temporarily flood some land to recharge groundwater.

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