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An expected sales record for nuts, fruits and vegetables has boosted the overall forecast for U.S. agricultural exports. The federal government said yesterday (Thursday) that it forecasts increased foreign demand for many fruits and vegetables, and for nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios. California leads the nation in exports of all those products. While it raised its forecast of farm exports, the government also said it expects agricultural imports to set records.
Stress triggered by Southern California rainstorms has caused cows to produce less milk. Observers say milk production is down in both San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Cows don't like to lie down on wet ground, and farmers say the frequent storms have not allowed corrals to dry out. The expected drop in milk production will not be noticeable at the consumer level.
A dramatic decline in illnesses linked to agricultural pesticide use continues, according to a new report. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation said yesterday that suspected pesticide injuries to field workers dropped 25 percent in 2003. The department says the reduction maintains a downward trend begun in the 1980s. The report also lists a sharp drop in illnesses linked to pesticide drift.
Scores of young people wearing blue FFA jackets mingled with dignitaries at a site south of Sacramento yesterday, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the California Future Farmers of America Leadership Center. Once completed, the facility in Galt will enhance statewide FFA programs, which serve more than 50,000 students in 300 California chapters. The organization provides leadership training for high school and college students.Top