Dec. 9 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The US Department of Agriculture says it expects California avocado supplies to rebound in the coming season, after a relatively small crop this year.

The California harvest will accelerate beginning in April.

In the meantime, most avocados on the market will be imported from Chile or Mexico.

The report says those supplies should also improve.

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The US Department of Agriculture will release a new antitrust rule regulating meat companies.

It's stripped down version from an earlier proposal.

Congress voted last month to prohibit the USDA from implementing most of the reforms.

The final version requires meat companies to allow farmers to opt out of mandatory arbitration clauses in contracts.

Other measures were abandoned or changed into guidelines for the Agriculture Secretary to consider when judging if meat companies violate antitrust laws.

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