Wildfire Rages in Wine Country

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Wildfires in California’s wine country are continuing to cause damage, leaving some producers with difficult decisions. The now 60-thousand acre glass fire is burning in Napa County. It has destroyed more than a dozen wineries and burned more than 200 homes. Now, producers have to decide whether to let their harvest go to waste, delay harvest, or take the risk of producing wines with grapes tainted by smoke. Any reduction in harvest can also impact thousands of agricultural workers who depend on jobs at wineries for income, since grape harvesting can pay twice as much as other crops.

Agriculture could gain protection from foreign espionage under a bill being proposed in Congress right now. The bill was introduced in the Senate on by Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas and in the House by Republican Representative Rick Crawford, also of Arkansas. Under the plan, an office of Intelligence would be created within the USDA. It would work to protect U.S. ag from foreign threats. The lawmakers are citing at least three agricultural-related theft or espionage cases involving China since 2014.

Love pumpkin spice this time of year? What about in your turkey? The Honey Baked Ham Company is testing out a pumpkin spice glazed turkey breast. The company says the flavor will add some seasonal flair to its traditional sweet and crunchy glaze. You can actually try it out this month, at select locations in the U.S. For more ag news watch AgDay, weekdays on this station, or anytime at agweb.com.

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