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Challenges from water shortages, hot weather and crop disease will likely prevent farmers from harvesting as many processing tomatoes as expected. The California Tomato Growers Association says hundreds of acres will be abandoned because of San Joaquin Valley water shortages. But some farmers have acquired additional, small amounts of water and will be able to save a part of their crop. Plant diseases affect about 5 percent of tomato acreage, and the current heat wave will also hurt.
To make sure that farm labor contractors know how to prevent and recognize heat-related illness, government agencies and farm groups have organized a series of heat stress prevention seminars for labor contractors. The first sessions will be held today (Thursday) in Fresno. Organizers say they want to be sure that all farm labor contractors understand state regulations and understand the urgency of training their crew leaders to prevent heat illness.
Eating more leafy greens and fruits appears to lower risk for diabetes among women, according to a new study. The study tracked females for 18 years and followed their eating habits. Women who had an increase of one serving per day of leafy green vegetables or three servings per day of whole fruit showed a lower risk of diabetes. Results of the survey have been published in the current issue of the journal Diabetes Care.
Kiwifruit farmers have voted to continue a program governing standards for their fruit. The U.S. Agriculture Department said yesterday (Wednesday) that 70 percent of kiwifruit growers who voted in a recent referendum chose to maintain the marketing-order program. The marketing order authorizes quality standards and packaging requirements for California-grown kiwifruit.Top