Food & Farm News
» January 17, 2006 «
The first vineyards to be certified under regional standards for sustainable grape growing will be recognized during a ceremony in Lodi today (Tuesday). The Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission says its program is the first in the state to have environmentally friendly farming practices certified by an independent audit. The sustainable practices involve facets of grape growing that include soil, water and pest management, wine quality and other aspects.
"Time-starved" Americans remain a key market for beef producers. The Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board says its work has led to the introduction of hundreds of new products, aimed specifically at consumers who want a beef meal they can create in 20 minutes or less. The California Beef Council says producers pay close attention to consumer desires as they design their ranching practices. Marketers are also encouraged by the reopening of overseas markets to American beef.
The popularity of baby carrots encourages California farmers to harvest more carrots this winter. A crop report indicates California farmers have increased carrot acreage 22 percent, compared to the winter season a year ago. The U.S. Agriculture Department says demand for baby carrots remains particularly strong, but that overall demand has prompted more carrot acreage. California leads the nation in carrot production.
Navel oranges from Central California groves have been slower to reach market this year, but farmers say the fruit is worth the wait. Growers and marketers say the quality of navel oranges is excellent. Shipments trail last season's pace, but a number of California supermarkets have been featuring navel oranges at special prices. Shippers say they're selling a larger proportion of their oranges in four-pound bags this season.Top