Food & Farm News
2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005
» March 25, 2009 «
California farmers say they're asking Congress and the administration for quick action to resolve a trade dispute with Mexico. Farmers who raise 27 different agricultural products face new tariffs. The affected crops include fresh grapes, almonds, strawberries and lettuce. Farm groups say the trade restrictions will lead to losses of farm income and jobs in California. The Mexican government imposed the tariffs in a dispute about allowing Mexican trucks onto American highways.
Cold nights could become even more worrisome for winegrape growers along the Russian River. Federal officials want the farmers to stop using water from the river to irrigate their vineyards. Sonoma and Mendocino county farmers say the irrigation can prevent frost damage. But a federal agency says the water pumping may harm protected salmon and steelhead. The state water board will discuss the issue at a workshop in Sacramento, April 7th.
As they begin full-scale harvest, California asparagus growers say the quality of the crop appears excellent. Temperatures in asparagus-growing regions have returned to ideal, after a few growers saw minor damage from frost earlier this month. Growers say that consumers can expect good supplies of California asparagus for Easter.
After years of ups and downs, farmers who grow cling peaches say they've now achieved balance between supply and demand. The California Canning Peach Association says growers have removed hundreds of acres of trees during the past several years, to reduce an oversupply. Marketers who sell peach products have been promoting their convenience and health benefits.
"Raised with Care" served as the theme for the annual Ag Day celebration outside the state Capitol (March 24). Governor Schwarzenegger joined hundreds of spectators who visited booths that demonstrated the bounty of California farms and ranches. In connection with the celebration, First Lady Maria Shriver announced plans for an edible garden to be planted in Capitol Park.Top