Food & Farm News
» September 12, 2012 «
Rural regions that rely on forests and timber sales will benefit from a bill signed by Governor Brown Tuesday. The new law gives forest landowners a longer window in which they can harvest timber under state-approved plans, and makes other reforms to forestry regulations. The California Farm Bureau says the new law will benefit jobs by giving California-grown timber a chance to compete fairly against out-of-state lumber.
Farmers and farm organizations will gather in Washington, D.C., Wednesday for a “Farm Bill Now” rally, to encourage Congress to act before current federal farm programs expire at the end of the month. The farm bill includes a number of nutrition, environmental and research programs. Representatives of the California Farm Bureau will be on hand for the rally. They say completing a new farm bill will be important for the state's farmers, ranchers and consumers.
Prune harvest is in full swing, and farmers say they expect to continue the harvest for a few more weeks. Growers report that the fruit is of a high quality, though prunes may be slightly smaller than last year's crop. The farmers say shoppers can expect a large selection of California-grown dried plums because of favorable weather during the growing season and harvest. Most of the state's dried-plum production occurs in the Sacramento Valley.
As they returned to classes, students at an elementary school in Turlock began learning about reading, writing, arithmetic … and fresh produce. It's part of a newly created farm-to-school pilot program. State Secretary of Food and Agriculture Karen Ross visited the school to see how children are learning about locally grown fruits and vegetables. The program includes a school-wide farmers' market, a salad bar in the cafeteria, and monthly taste tests of healthy foods.Top