Jan 25th Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

This week a judge upheld the decision of the federal Department of Agriculture requiring the pasteurization of raw almonds.

The ruling came after a series of health alerts over the years. In 2004 health officials said California almonds were responsible for a salmonella outbreak affecting both the U.S. and Canada. A total of 13-million pounds of almonds were recalled.

A previous outbreak in 2000 also caused illness across the U.S. and Canada.

Strawberry growers on California's Central Coast are falling victim to the cold.

Like citrus growers, strawberry producers have had to resort to watering their crops at night to try and prevent the flowers and fruit from being frozen and destroyed. Growers say they won't know how much damage is being caused right now until it comes to harvest time in February.

A major concern is competition from further south in the state where the weather has been much more favorable.

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