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Although they're poised to set records for agricultural exports in the current fiscal year, American farmers still face barriers in selling their goods to other countries. Hopes of reducing those barriers motivate many of the farmers and agricultural representatives appointed last week to advise the U.S. government on trade issues. A California Farm Bureau trade specialist says many foreign countries impose trade taxes and other hurdles that slow exports of the state's farm products.
Ideal weather has favored Central Valley farmers who plant processing tomatoes by seed. A pest control advisor to tomato farmers says most of the seed has now been planted and the young plants have started to emerge. Other tomato farmers will transplant seedlings in their fields. Farmers will keep a close eye on the plants, to make sure they stay free of disease and insect damage. California leads the nation in production of tomatoes used to make ketchup, salsa and other products.
Egg production in California and nationally declined slightly last year, according to a new report. The U.S. Agriculture Department says California chickens laid just more than 4.9 billion eggs in 2007. Although that's just one-half of 1 percent less than the year before, it marks five consecutive years of reductions in the state's egg production. Nationally, egg production declined 1 percent.
A happy mom shops for healthier food, according to a new survey. The study from the Produce for a Better Health Foundation showed that what mothers feed their children may depend on their mood. Mothers interviewed for the survey agreed that it's important to feed their children fruits and vegetables. But when sad or stressed, many reported they're more likely to eat sweets or salty snacks. When the mothers feel happy, they were more likely to choose fruits and vegetables for their kids.Top