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Milk production declined slightly again in November. California cows produced about three-tenths of a percent less milk than in November 2007. That follows an eight-tenths percent drop in October. The lack of processing facilities is the main cause of the declines. California continues to lead the nation in milk production, but second-place Wisconsin has reported production increases the last two months. A proposed 8,000-head dairy farm could give Wisconsin's total a major boost.
Discovery of four Mexican fruit flies, including a mated female, has caused state and local agricultural inspectors to prepare for a quarantine in the San Gabriel Valley centered in Azusa. State inspectors have stripped backyard fruit trees and are getting ready to release sterile Mexican fruit flies in the area. The pests were found in traps earlier this month. The Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner has urged residents not to move fruit and vegetables out of the area. If the flies establish a foothold, they could threaten the state's agricultural production.
California-grown produce and dairy products figure prominently in a weight-loss program developed by the California Dairy Council. The Meals Matter Nutrition and Fitness Challenge starts January 6, but those eager to begin can do so by visiting www.mealsmatter.org. The program not only suggests healthy food, but also physical activity to help in weight loss. Those who register and complete the program could win a grocery gift card.
Wet weather in some parts of California is causing shortages for food banks. Hidden Harvest in Coachella provides food for the needy to more than 90 pantries. They usually send gleaners into fields after harvest, but wet fields have prevented them from doing so. As a result, they will have to spend more money on food or have less to distribute. Food pantries are reporting a 20-percent increase in demand over last year as a result of the poor economy.Top