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A free-trade agreement with Central American countries would be a "positive opportunity" for U.S. farmers, according to the head of the nation's largest farm group. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman testified in favor of the free-trade agreement, during an appearance before the Senate Agriculture Committee in Washington yesterday (Tuesday). Stallman said the agreement would allow U.S. farmers greater access to Central American markets.
It's the same for backyard tomato growers and commercial farmers alike: A shortage of "heat units" has prevented tomatoes from maturing on a typical schedule. California farmers say the tomatoes they grow for the fresh market have been late to reach market due to the cool spring weather. That, in turn, benefits growers who raise tomatoes in greenhouses. They have seen higher demand because of the smaller supplies.
New evidence about the health benefits of almonds comes from a study published in a European clinical journal. The Almond Board of California said yesterday the study indicates that a diet including almonds can reduce inflammation by about the same as taking a first-generation statin drug. University of Toronto researchers conducted the study. It showed that a diet including almonds reduced cholesterol and a protein that can lead to inflammation.
Nutrition is the focus for dairy organizations as they commemorate National Dairy Month during June. The Dairy Council of California notes that the federal government's revised "food pyramid" encourages adults to consume three servings of dairy foods each day. The council has created a Web site (at www.mealsmatter.org) that provides personalized meal planning along with recipes and nutritional information.
On the Calendar:
The Colusa County Fair starts today (Wednesday) in Colusa.