Food & Farm News
November 19, 2014
Peak season arrives for California turkeys
If you’re looking for a fresh, California-grown turkey for Thanksgiving, there should be about the same number available as last year, according to the California Poultry Federation. Nationally, turkey production has declined about 3 percent. Wholesale prices have risen slightly, but stores usually sell Thanksgiving turkeys at a discount. The Poultry Federation recommends people who want to buy a fresh, California bird order it in advance of the holiday.
Entrepreneurship contest includes California farm
A chicken farmer from Temecula has advanced to the finals of a national Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Pasturebird LLC and its team lead, Paul Greive, raise chickens in floorless, movable pens, so the birds have access to fresh grass and can eat bugs and worms. The business will be among four competing in the finals of the entrepreneurship contest, to be held in January at the American Farm Bureau convention in San Diego.
Almond growers meet in Sacramento
Could sales of almond milk surpass skim milk within five years? That’s one of the predictions from the nation’s leading marketer of almonds, Blue Diamond Growers. The cooperative will hold its annual meeting Wednesday in Sacramento. Blue Diamond says both its revenues and its payments to member growers have improved, compared to a year ago. Almond sales have been increasing in response to worldwide demand, although drought will reduce the California crop this year.
Farmers ask Congress to tackle tax issues
Tax issues will be a key concern for farmers during the lame-duck congressional session that’s underway in Washington. Various federal tax provisions can encourage donations of conservation easements, promote contribution of food to food banks, and aid farmers in their purchase of equipment and supplies. Hundreds of farm organizations and business groups urged Congress Tuesday to renew a number of tax-code provisions that expired at the end of last year.