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A farmer from Modesto has been elected president of the California Farm Bureau Federation. Paul Wenger was elected Wednesday by delegates to the organization's annual meeting in Anaheim. Wenger becomes the 15th president of the state's largest farm organization. He grows walnuts and almonds. A cattle rancher and farmer from Linden, Kenny Watkins, was elected first vice president of the Farm Bureau, and an olive farmer from Oroville, Jamie Johansson, was elected second vice president.
Cold temperatures in the Central Valley citrus-growing regions have caused some damage. The coldest temperatures are expected Wednesday night. Lemon growers may have the most damage as that fruit is more vulnerable to cold. Farmers are concerned about ice marking. The fruit was wet from rain when the cold hit and the water froze. It can leave marks that may lower the fruit grade or make it unsalable. It will be a week before damage can be assessed. Warmer temperatures are predicted later this week.
Two individuals have been honored by the California Farm Bureau Federation for their contributions to agriculture. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Ralph teVelde of Ontario at the 91st annual meeting of the organization. He was recognized for his involvement in vital agricultural issues. Steve Nation was given the President's Award as he retires from the University of California. He was recognized for his efforts on land conservation.
Most California cotton growers have completed their harvest. A few remaining farmers near the Colorado River will finish this week. They are reporting record yields as they had ideal weather and enough irrigation water. Yields elsewhere in the state are satisfactory. Additional acreage may be planted in cotton next year, as Roundup Ready seed has been approved for 2010. Cotton future prices have been increasing, however, if irrigation water is again in short supply the expanded acreage may not happen.Top