Food & Farm News
November 26, 2014
Farm groups gauge impact of immigration action
In the days since President Obama announced his executive action on immigration, people who might be affected by the action have been gauging its practical impact. Farmers and agricultural organizations are working to determine how many farm employees may qualify for the programs the president announced. Farmers say they depend on an immigrant workforce, and will continue to press the president and Congress to enact long-term reform of immigration law.
Cotton growers reach end of harvest
With harvest virtually completed, California cotton farmers say they’re pleased with the crop’s quality, though they will harvest much less due to the drought. Overall cotton production will be down by nearly one-quarter from last year, due mainly to water shortages. Farmers say fields with better water supplies produced higher yields. Of the cotton that was harvested this year, observers rate most as in “excellent” condition.
Pecan production expands
In California, nut production is dominated by almonds, walnuts and pistachios, but farmers have also been planting more pecans. Though most pecans come from Southern states, production in California has grown to reach about 5 million pounds a year. That ranks California eighth in the nation. Farmers say they’ve been able to transfer the expertise they’ve gained in growing almonds and walnuts to improve pecan production.
UC offers help in managing citrus pest
Would you know what to do if the Asian citrus psyllid showed up in your lemon tree? The insect has been found in many parts of California, and can carry a disease that kills citrus trees. The University of California says the best way to prevent the citrus disease is to control the pest. To help farmers and homeowners protect their trees, UC provides online information about how to spot the psyllid, how to manage it, and what that will cost.