Food & Farm News
February 10, 2016
Busy time for cut-flower farmers
California cut-flower farmers are busy harvesting, packing and shipping flowers to meet demand for Valentine’s Day this Sunday. Research shows that when the holiday falls on a weekend, there is a slight increase in consumer purchases. That bump in sales translates to about $130 million in additional floral spending, which is expected to top $3.3 billion this year.
Beehive thefts reported throughout state
At this time of year, around 2 million beehives are being moved into California orchards to pollinate the state’s almond crop. But with trees just days away from bloom, thieves are stealing commercial hives and disrupting the pollination process. Hundreds of hives from throughout California have been reported as stolen, adding to existing demands on bee colony supplies.
Grants offered to improve school lunch services
Amid Super Bowl celebrations last weekend, officials from the NFL, USDA and National Dairy Council announced the availability of $35 million in grants to help schools upgrade kitchen equipment and infrastructure. According to the USDA, these grants will allow millions of additional children access to more nutritious meals with whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and less sodium and fat.
World Ag Expo opens in Tulare
The world’s largest annual agricultural exposition, World Ag Expo, kicked off its 49th annual show on Tuesday in Tulare. An estimated 100,000 people are expected to attend during the show's three-day run. More than 1,500 exhibitors are displaying the latest technology and equipment designed to help farmers produce food and farm products more efficiently. The expo also features seminars on topics including irrigation, international trade and dairy production.