Senate Agriculture Committee Passes Farm Bill
The Senate Agriculture Committee has advanced the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill, by a vote of 20 to 1. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged to bring the bill to the full U.S. Senate for consideration sometime in the next two weeks. 

The legislation related to crop insurance that was highlighted in the June 8, 2018 Global Ag report has remained intact.

The text of the bill and a section-by-section summary are linked below.
CVP Allocations Updated for South-of-Delta Contractors
The Bureau of Reclamation issued updated allocations for South-of-Delta Central Valley Project contractors for the 2018 contract year. Based on continued refinement of hydrologic analyses and other operational factors, the allocation for South-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors has increased from 45 percent to 50 percent. 

As the water year progresses, changes in hydrology and opportunities to deliver additional water will influence future allocations. Water supply updates are posted at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/cvp-water/index.html.
2018 Pacific Northwest Cherry Forecast
In Washington and Oregon, cool and wet weather and an extended bloom hampered pollination and led to a lighter fruit set of early varieties. Growers were concerned about the extent of fruit drop in early varieties through harvest. 

Oregon Sweet Cherry production is expected to 45,000 tons, down 25 percent from last year.

Washington Sweet Cherry production is expected to 215,000 tons, down 16 percent from last year.
2018 Pacific Northwest Winter Wheat Forecast
Oregon winter wheat production is expected to total 38.6 million bushels, down 11 percent from last year. Area harvested is expected to total 715,000 acres, up 25,000 acres from the previous year. Yield is forecast at 54.0 bushels per acre, down 1 bushel from the May 1 forecast and down 9 bushel from last year.

Washington winter wheat production is forecast at 120 million bushels, unchanged from 2017. Harvested area, at 1.65 million acres, is unchanged from the previous year. Yield is forecast at 73.0 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel from the May 1 forecast but unchanged from last year.
Davis RO Updated Crop Fact Sheets
RMA's Davis, CA regional office has published the following crop fact sheets:
NCIS Launches Website Highlighting Crop Insurance in All 50 States
NCIS has launched a new website called Crop Insurance In My State. Interested parties can use this site to quickly access state-specific information such as: number of crop insurance policies, acres insured, value of insurance protection, how much farmers paid for coverage, how much insurers paid to cover losses, and hail protection coverage.
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