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Saying that the system will benefit consumers, delegates to the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting voted to support a national animal-identification program. Federal officials said recently they would implement a voluntary program. Under it, participating ranchers would provide information that would enable officials to trace an animal back to its originating ranch or farm. Supporters say the program would help trace animal diseases to keep livestock healthier.
New strategies to combat threats to vineyard health top a list of research priorities listed by California vintners and grape growers. The American Vineyard Foundation said its survey showed particular concern about an insect pest called vine mealybug and the vineyard malady known as Pierce's disease. The mealybug has become an increasing problem in California vineyards. Farmers have been fighting another insect, the glassy-winged sharpshooter, because it spreads Pierce's disease.
If you're seeing higher prices for lima beans this fall, you can blame the severe heat wave that hit California during the summer. The heat wave caused lima bean plants to produce more vine than bean. As a result, supplies have been short and distributors have rationed supplies to their customers. Wholesale prices have risen in response. California is the nation's leading producer of lima beans.
A rainy weekend in much of California disappointed Christmas tree farmers. They saw lighter-than-expected sales this past weekend, because of the inclement weather. At the same time, farmers are preparing for the after-Christmas disposal of trees. The California Christmas Tree Association operates a hot line that directs consumers to their nearest tree-recycling facility.Top