Food & Farm News
November 18, 2015
Beekeepers convene in Sacramento
Farmers who depend on pollination for their crops must work together with beekeepers for the long-term good of agriculture, according to California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger. Wenger spoke Tuesday to the California State Beekeepers Association annual convention in Sacramento. About 350 people are attending the four-day event, which addresses a number of issues affecting the health of bees and the status of the beekeeping business.
Farming veterans gather for conference
Military veterans involved in agriculture gather in Sacramento this week for an annual conference. Organizers describe the Farmer Veteran Stakeholder Conference as a networking and educational opportunity for veterans seeking agricultural careers. Speakers include veterans who operate successful farms or agricultural businesses. There will also be sessions on how a veteran can finance a farming operation, and on agricultural employment opportunities.
Nation’s turkey production declines
With Thanksgiving coming next week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that the nation’s farms will produce about 3 percent less turkey in 2015 than a year ago. An outbreak of avian influenza in the Midwest contributed to the lower production and to higher wholesale prices. But many retailers will cut turkey prices for the holiday. California ranks seventh in the nation in turkey production, and specializes in sale of fresh birds.
Grants aid farm-to-school projects
Nine “farm-to-school” projects in California will benefit from federal grants announced Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the grants will help increase the amount of local foods served by child-nutrition programs while teaching children about food and agriculture. California projects include a “vegetable of the month” school curriculum, expansion of existing school gardens and of a “farm to preschool” program.