Ag News: Milk Production Up in April
**The USDA reported that April milk production was up 1.4%.
Cow numbers are up 49,000 head from a year ago, but down 4,000 from March. It also appears cow numbers peaked in March, at 9.381 million head.
According to milkbusiness.com, the April production report does include an estimate of dumped milk in April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
**The heart of the restaurant business is social interaction, and, according to Sean Kennedy of the National Restaurant Association, that’s become a liability in the era of COVID-19.
Kennedy tells agweb.com, the sharp downturn in restaurant business is having an obvious impact on agriculture as, prior to the pandemic, more than 50% of meals were served by restaurants over home preparation.
That's what Kennedy and the Restaurant Association are calling on ag interests to push for including restaurants in aid package changes, specifically, the association is calling for changes to restrictions to the Payroll Protection Program which offers forgivable loans for small businesses.
**April showers brought a slight increase in water availability for customers of the Central Valley Project.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the CVP, says it will increase allocations for agricultural customers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to 20%, up from 15%.
The Friant water unit also will see a 5% increase in
allocations, to 60%.