Dec. 28 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The U.S. Meat Export Federation says U.S. beef experts are up 37-percent this year, ahead of 2010 figures.

Beef export value for the month of October reached $452 million, pushing this year's total to a new annual record.

Livestock experts say foreign countries are purchasing U.S. beef in high numbers because of a worldwide decline in cattle and beef production.

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Americans' appetite for locally-grown produce is growing.

A report from the U.S. Ag Department shows California has seen a 12 percent increase in winter farmers markets over the past year.

The state now has more than 150 farmers markets selling everything from locally grown fruits, and vegetables.

The Agriculture Department says winter farmers markets meet the need of people looking to buy locally grown food throughout the year.

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