Food & Farm News
April 30, 2014
Final survey will find little snow
Low readings due to the continued drought are expected for the May snow survey, which will be taken Thursday. Electronic readings put the snowpack at about 20 percent of the seasonal average. The state Department of Water Resources says the year’s final snow survey comes after the snowpack has begun to melt into streams and reservoirs. The snowpack normally peaks in early April. Key reservoirs stand at half to two-thirds of average levels.
Innovations in agriculture to be highlighted
Jobs of the future can be found in the agricultural sector, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, which points to careers in areas such as water use efficiency and product development. At a meeting in Davis next week, a state board will discuss prospects for future agricultural innovation and career development. California supports about 400,000 on-farm jobs, plus hundreds of thousands more jobs directly related to agriculture.
Discoveries lead to 180 new inventions
From a new kind of flour made from chardonnay grape seeds to a small packet that helps keep fresh fruit from rotting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced its scientific breakthroughs of 2013. The USDA reports earning 51 patents and creating 180 new inventions last year. Earlier USDA discoveries include frozen orange juice concentrate and permanent press cotton clothing.
Green almonds find growing market
Farmers who market green almonds report that demand is on the rise. Green almonds are simply unripe almonds that are fleshy and gelatinous, and are compared to a grape, according to one grower in San Joaquin County. Green almonds are available only from late April to mid-June, and are considered a delicacy by a number of chefs and cultures around the globe.