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Some 300 to 400 Boy and Girl Scouts and other volunteers will help plant 6,000 trees tomorrow (Saturday) near Shasta Dam. They will participate with the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Forest Service planting trees in the region west of the dam that was devastated by last summer's Motion Fire. That area has been closed to the public since the fire, and revegetation will help hasten its reopening. Annually for the past five years the volunteer Scouts have planted seedlings in regions damaged by fires.
Modern technology allows beef ranchers in California and the nation to out-produce ranchers in other nations that have higher numbers of beef animals. Because of technology, the U.S. is able to lead the world in beef production with fewer cattle numbers. Americans consume 95 percent of the beef produced here, although beef is imported from other countries to satisfy American demand. Beef cattle produce the fifth highest dollar amount for the California farm economy. The state ranks seventh nationally in beef production.
March is National Nutrition Month when members of the American Dietetic Association provide consumers information about the importance of good nutrition. The Dairy Council of California offers calcium-rich recipes on their Web site. Nutrient needs change as people age. Adolescents need more calcium, potassium and magnesium than other age groups to aid growth. Low-fat dairy products, along with a balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables, helps satisfy everyone's nutritional needs.Top