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» February 26, 2009 «
For the first time U.S. wine exports exceeded $1 billion, according to the Wine Institute. They report a 6 percent increase from 2007, and 90 percent of the exports came from California wineries. The institute says exports have increased five-fold since 1994 and the outlook is for continued growth even in tough economic times.
UC Davis agricultural scientists are working to eradicate an exotic pest from its greenhouses. The destructive panicle rice mite was found in the university's 11 growing facilities during a routine inspection last month and work to get rid of it started at once. It is not clear how the pest got into the campus facilities, but eradication should be complete by March 1, before commercial rice production starts for the year.
Almonds are in bloom across California, and some of those trees are self-pollinating. University of California researchers have developed 30 experimental trees and have planted them for grower trials in Colusa and Kern counties. The plant breeders hope to learn which of the new varieties has the most disease resistance and produces the most almonds.
February is heart month, and the American Heart Association urges Americans to eat nutritious foods and exercise to lessen chances to develop cardiovascular disease. It is suggested that everyone use as many calories as are ingested. Nutritious foods from all food groups such as fruits and vegetables will help with weight control. Eating less of nutrient poor foods such as those high in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, also would offer health benefits.Top