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» September 22, 2008 «
The Old Farmer's Almanac is predicting a mild winter for California with less than normal precipitation. The publication uses several tables in developing its forecasts, including the solar cycle. Running against current forecasts, the almanac says we are entering a colder than average period. The sun is now in a cycle with fewer solar flares than average, which will cause the Earth to cool.
"Better safe than sorry." That's good advice no matter where you live, but this week the focus is on farms and ranches. Today (September 22) is the first day of National Farm Safety and Health Week, dedicated to the well-being of America's farmers and ranchers. This year's event marks the 65th consecutive signing of a proclamation by a U.S. president, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1944.
Children will eat fruits and vegetables at school, if the school gives them a push. That's according to studies conducted at the University of Maryland. Researchers found that repeated exposure to fruits and vegetables - through taste testing - improved the kids' eating habits. Although fruits and vegetables are key contributors to children's good health, consumption tends to decrease from kindergarten to fifth grade.
Research scientists are seeking help from the public in surveying ladybugs. The researchers say there are more than 400 species native to North America, and some of them are difficult to find. Farmers and urban gardeners are interested in ladybugs because they protect crops from pests. If you'd like to participate in the project, visit www.lostladybug.org for tips on finding and photographing the critters.Top