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» August 7, 2006 «
Using biotechnology, University of California researchers have found a way to enrich goat's milk with an enzyme that prevents intestinal disease in children. UC Davis announced the development (Friday), saying it shows the potential for biotechnology to improve the healthfulness of milk. Production of the enriched goat's milk yielded by the experiment could be of special importance in developing nations, where intestinal diseases threaten the lives of infants and children.
As a desert crop, dates have thrived in this summer's extreme heat. Most date groves are situated in one of the state's hotter regions, near Indio and Death Valley. Farmers say their date palms appear to be producing a heavier crop than average. Growers hope for low humidity, because dates can be damaged by excess moisture and especially by pre-harvest rain. Harvest usually starts about October 1st, but with the heat may start in late September this year.
Success stories in improving soil, air and water quality will highlight a three-day gathering of agricultural scientists and scholars in Sacramento. The "International Conference on the Future of Agriculture" opens today (Monday). Sponsors say the conference will focus on stewardship and sustainable-agricultural practices, with examples from California being spotlighted. More than 150 people from around the world will participate.
The owner of an innovative, diversified farming and ranching business has been honored as the California State Fair Agriculturalist of the Year. John Harris, who operates Harris Farms and Harris Ranch near Coalinga, received the award at an event in Sacramento (Friday). Harris Farms grows nearly three-dozen vegetable, nut and fruit crops. Harris Ranch pioneered the development of branded beef products. Harris also breeds thoroughbred racehorses.Top