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California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar told members and delegates at the group's 90th annual meeting in Burlingame that farmers must advocate water policies that will work for everyone. He said Monday that California is at a water crossroads and that the state must act soon to address its water needs. He said the state must create more water storage and develop better ways to move water around the state. Mosebar also called on delegates to remain active and politically involved.
Young farmers and ranchers were recognized for achievement and service at the California Farm Bureau's 90th annual meeting Monday. Stanislaus County dairy farmer Kurt Hoekstra was named Outstanding Young Farmer and Rancher of the Year. Ted and Michelle Reimers of Turlock were honored as Outstanding Agribusiness Person of the Year, granted for service among people who derive a majority of their income off the farm or ranch. In addition to cash and other prizes, the winners will compete for national recognition next month at the American Farm Bureau's annual meeting.
Pistachio farmers harvested an abundance of large, top-quality nuts this year. Thus far they report harvesting more than 276-thousand pounds. The Western Pistachio Association says demand is strong and market prices are holding firm. Pistachio trees produce a heavier crop one year and a lighter crop the next; this is the "off" year for most growers. There was very little insect damage reported.
California turkey farmers are shipping birds for the approaching Christmas holiday. Demand isn't as strong as it is for Thanksgiving, but the California Poultry Federation says there are plenty of turkeys to satisfy consumer demand. Retailers usually don't offer quite the bargains for Christmas turkeys, but savvy shoppers can still find good buys. Growers expect demand to be about the same as last year. Consumers who want fresh turkeys might want to place orders early.Top