Food & Farm News
November 6, 2013
State board looks at groundwater supplies
Dry weather throughout 2013 has forced Californians to rely more heavily on water stored underground, and groundwater supplies have been showing the strain. Concerned about impacts on farmers, the State Board of Food and Agriculture heard from a number of experts Tuesday about the status of groundwater supplies. University specialists said the long-term sustainability of water supplies depends on managing groundwater and surface water in concert with one another.
CVP readies for a dry 2014
Water managers have begun preparing in case 2014 is another dry year. The federal agency that runs the Central Valley Project says it has been meeting with its customers to “brainstorm” strategies for the coming year. The CVP starts its water year with reservoir storage down to 75 percent of average. Farm customers in the San Joaquin Valley say they fear the CVP may cut water allocations to zero next year.
Sturgeon farmers ramp up for peak caviar season
For fish farmers who raise sturgeon for caviar, the busiest season of the year has arrived. Producers say about two-thirds of caviar consumption occurs between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. Caviar distributors typically begin building their stocks in October, so they'll have enough to meet the holiday demand. Most caviar on the market now comes from farm-raised fish rather than from wild sturgeon.
Yogurt enjoys increased sales
Have you been eating more yogurt? The Dairy Council of California says yogurt consumption has more than doubled since 2001. Greek yogurt products now account for one-third of yogurt sales. The Dairy Council says the increased sales have largely been driven by young adults, who seek out yogurt for its health benefits and as a breakfast food, and that yogurt drinks containing probiotics have shown a rapid increase in popularity.