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Consumers have been finding slightly lower prices at the supermarket, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation third quarter market basket survey. It shows the cost of 16 items that can be prepared for a meal declined about 10 percent, or $4.18. Whole milk declined the most at 27 percent. The farmers' share of the $46.03 market basket cost would be $8.75. The organization has been conducting these surveys since 1989.
By banding together, San Diego County farmers will be able to comply with water quality rules more efficiently. The San Diego Irrigated Lands Group will monitor farm runoff water to assure its quality. The program is similar to ones already operating in other parts of California. By participating, farmers will receive information allowing them to make management decisions to enhance water quality.
Timber growers say the market for redwood logs has improved a little in recent weeks. A few loggers are cutting trees before the forests close for winter. However, the Douglas fir market has not improved, and isn't expected to improve until the housing market reopens. Meantime, timber farmers are now preparing for winter, installing anti-erosion devices near streams and roads. This will keep sediment from streams and rivers when winter rains begin.
Horseradish harvest in the Tulelake region is winding down. Growers say this year yields are good and quality is excellent. Three commercial growers in the region are able to meet the demand for a premium local brand of horseradish. Chinese imports have taken much of the Eastern markets, where they are able to complete on price with U.S. growers. Northeastern California has ideal soils and climate to produce high quality horseradish.Top