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Two additional cases of equine West Nile virus have been reported by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. One horse in Sacramento County and one in Kern County have the disease. Two other cases were reported earlier this year in Sonoma County. Thus far none of the horses has died. Even though case numbers are lower than last year, veterinarians are urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against the disease.
Climate change and how to prepare for it is the topic of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture at its meeting today (Wednesday). Several distinguished panelists will brief board members on current legislation and regulations, mitigation and adaptation to climate change and farm-based renewable energy. Options for farmers to create carbon credits for themselves while reducing carbon emissions into the air will be described to the state board.
Consumers may soon find 5-to 7-foot tall Christmas trees in containers at choose and cut Christmas tree farms. The California Christmas Tree Association is telling members there is a segment of the population that won't buy cut trees, but would buy trees in containers. The trees could be planted in their yards after the holiday. Growers in other states have tried the technique successfully. In addition the trees are taller than 5-to 7-feet because the container in which they grow adds height.
California pear growers in the delta region have started their harvest. Early reports are that it is a good crop. There has been little disease pressure this year because it was dry in spring. Most diseases that impact pears need moisture to thrive. Fruit size is good. Consumers should see California grown pears in retail outlets and farmers markets. Volume is expected to pick up soon as fruit in more orchards matures.Top