President's Day
The Global Ag office will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of President's Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, February 20. 
Spring Sales Closing Dates Near
Last year’s hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts were a stark reminder that
agriculture is an inherently risky business. Federal crop insurance indemnities for these
disasters totaled more than $1 billion in 2017. 

To prepare for this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management
Agency (RMA) urges farmers to sign up for crop insurance before the sales closing dates for eligible 2018 spring crops. The sales closing dates for most spring-planted crops is February 28 or March 15. 
Preliminary 2017 California Grape Crush Report
The 2017 crush totaled 4,233,288 tons, up less than half of a percent from the 2016 crush of 4,217,154 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,242,984 tons, down 1.6 percent from 2016. The 2017 white wine variety crush totaled 1,764,152 tons, up .7 percent from 2016. Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 94,268, up 4.6 percent from 2016, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 131,884, up 38.2 percent from 2016.  

The Final Grape Crush 2017 Report will be published March 9, 2018.
Updated Nursery Commodity Insurance Fact Sheet 
As a follow up to last week's Nursery program updates, RMA has published an updated Nursery fact sheet.
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