Food & Farm News
» December 5, 2012 «
Nearly two-thirds of farm employers responding to a California Farm Bureau survey reported challenges hiring enough people to help with this year's harvest. A report released Tuesday summarizes responses from nearly 800 farmers. The survey also found that farmers who grow fruits, vegetables and other labor-intensive crops had an especially difficult time finding enough employees.
Movement of citrus fruit and citrus plants will be restricted in a 163-square-mile section of Tulare County, as the result of an invasive pest. The Asian citrus psyllid threatens citrus crops because it can carry a disease that kills trees. The California Department of Food and Agriculture has restricted movement of young trees from nurseries. The rules also prohibit movement of fruit that hasn't been commercially cleaned.
During a speech to the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Pasadena, former US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman discussed the challenges of feeding a growing global population, and the important role California farms and ranches play in producing food. Veneman was presented with the Farm Bureau President's Award in honor of her commitment to the nation's farming and ranching community.
In recognition of his more than 60 years of service to fellow farmers and ranchers, Contra Costa County nurseryman Mike Vukelich received the California Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award during the organization's Annual Meeting in Pasadena. Vukelich is the founder of Color Spot Nurseries. He has held leadership roles with several agricultural organizations, including service on county and state Farm Bureau boards of directors.Top