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Farmers and ranchers need credit to operate their businesses. Because of high land values, strong commodity prices and a low rate of farm loan delinquencies, California farmers should have little problem obtaining loans. However, bankers say they will face more scrutiny and higher interest rates. Farmers will have to show financial details with proof they can pay off their debts. Water availability may also play a role in farmers getting production loans.
All of the endive grown in the United States is raised in Rio Vista. The vegetable grows on a chicory root in the dark inside the California Vegetable Specialties building. While it is available year-round in white and red varieties, peak demand is during the approaching holiday season. The founder of the endive company suggests that consumers buy the white variety when white, as it turns green after being on the shelf too long. Endive is a nutritious vegetable with large amounts of potassium.
Researchers have found a combination of gaseous compounds emitted by a beneficial fungus may offer a biological way to fumigate stored apples, ridding them of codling moth larvae. The more environmental friendly method needs refinement, according to researchers, but does hold promise. When inside an apple, codling moth larvae make the fruit inedible.
The non-partisan California Women for Agriculture organization has declared its opposition to Proposition 2, which would change the way some farm animals are raised. CWA says the proposition undermines the economic stability and overall safety that egg ranches and swine operations provide California. They say passage of Prop 2 would force consumers to buy eggs from other states and countries that do not have the high safety standards now in place in California.Top