Food & Farm News
April 16, 2014
Farmers work to prevent crime
Thieves take millions of dollars' worth of property from farmers and ranchers each year, but the farmers are fighting back. Farmers work closely with sheriff's detectives who specialize in rural crime, and they also implement their own strategies, from hiring private security to starting farm watch groups and using social media. For example, California farm watch groups have found success in locating and returning stolen property through posts on Facebook pages.
Asparagus harvest accelerates
If you enjoy asparagus with your Easter meal, there will be plenty coming from California fields. The California Asparagus Commission says farmers will harvest good supplies of fresh asparagus through May. Mexican asparagus remains on the market, too. Warm spring weather caused the California crop to mature earlier than usual. California farms produce about 60 percent of the asparagus grown in the United States.
California almonds get social
Looking to enhance their reach to promote their crop, almond marketers have expanded their presence on social media. The Almond Board of California recently launched accounts on both Instagram and Pinterest. The social media emphasis goes beyond the U.S., too. The almond board now has a Facebook page in the U.K. and a social media presence in both South Korea and China, seeking new customers for California almonds.
Rice boosts diet quality
People who eat rice have diets more consistent with U.S. dietary guidelines, according to a new study in the journal Food and Nutrition Sciences. The study showed that eating rice is associated with eating more servings of fruit, vegetables, meat and beans, and less saturated fat and added sugars. In addition, a human clinical trial found having rice with a meal increased feelings of fullness.