Food & Farm News
December 11, 2013
Farmers assess freeze losses
They know there’s damage, but they don’t know how much. Citrus fruit growers say a long spell of cold overnight temperatures has hurt their crops, but they won’t know the full extent of damage until the freezing weather ends. Mandarins appear particularly vulnerable to the cold nights, whereas navel oranges may have withstood the weather with less impact. The freeze has also slowed harvest of winter vegetable crops.
Avocado board studies shopper motivation
What encourages you to buy avocados? The Hass Avocado Board has studied that question, and reports that the “in-store experience” has the most influence. That means, how avocados are displayed, the availability of ripe and ready-to-eat fruit, quality and price. The board says it will share the results with retailers to help increase avocado sales. For example, it says many shoppers expect to find avocados near tomatoes.
Dairy farm wins conservation award
Careful use of natural resources has led to an award for a Marin County dairy farmer and his family. The Robert Giacomini Dairy in Point Reyes accepted the Leopold Conservation Award this week during the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Monterey. The dairy farm employs a number of methods to protect grazing land. It also uses a byproduct of manure, methane, to create energy that powers the dairy and its cheese plant.
Young agriculturalists earn recognition
A fifth-generation rancher and an agricultural lender have won awards for young agriculturalists. Allan Renz of San Benito County won the Young Farmers and Ranchers Achievement Award, for efforts in production agriculture and leadership. Daniel Meza of San Joaquin County earned the Excellence in Agriculture Award, for involvement in agriculture, leadership and Farm Bureau. The awards were given at the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Monterey.