Food & Farm News
May 14, 2014
Lambs go to market early
As drought dried out rangelands and pushed hay prices higher, California sheep ranchers have been forced to sell some of their lambs early. Ranchers say that could mean more lamb than usual will come to market in coming months, at the same time as Midwestern lambs reach market. Lamb marketers say they will encourage retailers to offer special prices on lamb, to make sure shoppers see it as an attractive option in the meat section.
Smaller supplies affect meat prices
Severe drought in the Midwest two years ago continues to affect prices for many meats. The American Farm Bureau says the trend is likely to continue throughout the summer. Nationwide, beef production remains down, as cattle numbers have still not recovered from the earlier drought. Farm Bureau says supplies will be fine overall, but prices have risen. Retail prices for beef and pork have hit record highs, and chicken prices have also gone up.
New funding fights citrus pest
As the Asian citrus psyllid threatens citrus trees throughout the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a partnership with California, Florida and Texas to fight the pest. USDA will help the states raise tiny wasps that are natural enemies of the psyllid. That will help control the spread of the pest, especially in urban areas with citrus trees that could be harmed. The psyllid can carry a plant disease that kills citrus trees.
Grape consumption may aid joint health
Knee pain may lessen, while joint flexibility and overall mobility improve with regular grape consumption, according to researchers. After the 16-week clinical study, both men and women participants who consumed a grape-enriched diet reported a significant decrease in pain related to activity, plus an overall decrease in total knee symptoms. Men who ate more grapes showed evidence of increased cartilage metabolism.