Food & Farm News
July 29, 2015
Commission discusses water storage
As California struggles through this dry year, a state board has been holding public meetings on potential new water storage projects. The California Water Commission held the first of its meetings in Napa this week, with the next meeting scheduled Thursday in Davis. A third session will be held in Bakersfield next month. The commission will distribute money for water storage projects contained in a bond measure passed by California voters last November.
Winegrape harvest starts early
It’s been a pattern throughout this growing season: California crops have been maturing ahead of a typical schedule, in part due to mild winter and spring temperatures. On the North Coast, the winegrape season has already started, with the first harvest of grapes to be used for sparkling wines. The Napa Valley Vintners Association says it expects harvest of white winegrapes to begin early next month.
State agency fines produce importers
Six California-based produce importers have been fined by a state agency for selling foreign-raised fruits and vegetables with illegal pesticide residues. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation says the produce was being marketed to stores that cater to customers from ethnic minorities. The agency issued fines ranging from $10,000 to $21,000.
Demand for dried cherries increases
They’re thinking about the holiday season at a San Joaquin County company that packs dried cherries. The company will run two eight-hour shifts per day for the next few weeks, to meet the gift industry’s holiday-season demand for dried cherries. The cherries were picked and dried several weeks ago, but are now being packaged. Dried cherries are sold in snack packs and used as ingredients in products such as granola bars and chocolates.