Food & Farm News
November 25, 2015
Almond growers look back at season
First came a warm winter that deprived trees of needed chill hours. Then came a fourth year of drought, followed by intense interest in water use. California almond growers and marketers say they had an eventful season, and one that ultimately proved successful. Production may have decreased slightly because of weather problems, but demand for almonds remains high. People in the almond business say new products featuring almonds have helped to boost demand for the crop.
California turkey to be pardoned
A California-grown turkey will receive a presidential pardon at the White House Wednesday. Two turkeys raised in the Central Valley by Foster Farms were chosen to travel to Washington for the annual ceremony, and after their pardon will live at a farm in Virginia. In its annual survey, the American Farm Bureau estimates that turkey and other ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people can be purchased for about $50.
Resources offer help for Thanksgiving cooks
If you’re cooking a turkey for the holiday, it may be the largest dish you ever encounter—and the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it can provide a number of resources for roasting a bird properly. The USDA operates a toll-free Meat and Poultry Hotline (at 888-MPHotline) that handled more than 3,000 calls last November. Food-safety experts can also be reached online via “askkaren.gov.”
Goats aid with fire prevention
One of the best ways to prevent wildfire is to remove brush that can fuel fires. At demonstration projects around the state this fall, researchers checked several techniques for reducing brush. Those methods included a number of large machines—and herds of goats. An owner of goats that participated in the projects says the animals can eat grass but also low-hanging limbs known as “ladder fuel.” Results of the projects will be released in coming months.