Food & Farm News
» November 28, 2012 «
Cattle ranchers who have waited through two dry California winters say they hope to grow their herds—as long as Mother Nature helps by bringing rain this winter. The first few autumn rains have resulted in some growth of rangeland grasses, but overall, ranchers say winter rains will be a key in determining the beef supply. Another dry year could result in ranchers selling off more of their herds, ultimately resulting in a smaller supply of beef on the market.
The holidays bring a boost to dairy demand at a time when many farmers are struggling financially because of high feed costs. To keep up with the increase in sales of butter, eggnog and other dairy products during the holiday season, dairy processors say they begin building up their inventory as early as September. Shoppers may see higher prices for butter this year, according to processors, who say butter consumption has increased consistently in recent years.
Hundreds of farmers and ranchers from across the state will gather in Pasadena beginning this weekend for the 94th California Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting. The event includes an overview of agricultural issues from the California Farm Bureau president, Paul Wenger, and a speech by former US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman. The meeting also includes presentations by experts on water issues, regulations and other topics important to farmers and ranchers.
Hoping to increase our appreciation of bats, a Northern California farm advisor has written a children's book featuring a bat who befriends a boy. Rachael Long's role with University of California Cooperative Extension includes working with farmers and ranchers as a pest management expert. She encourages farmers to build bat boxes as a way to manage insects. Proceeds from the children's book, titled "Gold Fever," will benefit bat conservation.Top