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Discovery of a lone light brown apple moth in Fairfield has prompted installation of insect traps in the immediate area. This was the first discovery of the insect in this Solano County city, and inspectors aren't sure if it indicates a small breeding population or if the bug hitchhiked into Fairfield. The invasive pest threatens more than 250 plant species, including many residential plants. Because most commercial crops have been harvested, the discovery is not likely to have an impact on farmers this season.
Cattle ranchers continue to hope for rain to nourish their rangeland grasses. Recent storms provided enough moisture to germinate forage in Northern and Central California, but not southern regions. Ranchers continue to sell some of their stock because of lack of forage, and additional storms are needed to keep grasses growing. If the drought continues, consumers could see higher beef prices at retail in a few years as supplies will be less.
Lundberg Family Farms of Richvale has been awarded the Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Butte County farm has made one of the largest U.S. renewable energy commitments by any farming business, according to the agency. They got the EPA award in 2004 as well. Lundberg Family Farms, which specializes in organic rice and rice products, has also received an award from The Wall Street Journal as one of the best small-business places to work.
California farmers who provide educational opportunities for young people took part in a UC Davis conference over the weekend. The two-day event included tours of nearby farms that invite students to share experiences about how farming works and how growers provide food. The conference also honored those farmers who provide time and money for students to visit their facilities.Top