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The number of California dairy farms continues to decline. In 2008, 99 dairies closed statewide, leaving 1,852 operating. The largest drop was in northern counties, where 49 dairies closed. Stanislaus County recorded the largest decrease of any county, at 29. Sacramento County was the only county with an increase, as one additional dairy opened. The California Department of Food and Agriculture says some dairies relocated to other states and others went out of business.
A Fresno entrepreneur suggests that your next sandwich be an AB&J—as in almond butter and jelly. Jennifer Barney, who had been making almond butter for friends and family, launched a business in 2006 that continues to expand. Her butter provides the same health benefits as almonds, such as a high level of vitamin E. Barney Premium Foods uses almonds from the Fresno area and notes the fact that the butter is produced with equipment that makes only almond butter. It is made the same way peanut butter is, only almonds are used.
Central Valley farmers are reporting bankers are asking them to show they have water available before continuing production-loan discussions. Without water, that ends many 2009 season loan applications. Those who are able to obtain surface water at prices as high as $550 an acre-foot on the spot market, find the bankers questioning the profitability of the crop. Many farmers are letting land be fallow. Because they do not need laborers for that land, unemployment is increasing.
A diet rich in strawberries can help reduce cholesterol, according to a 2 1/2-year study by the University of Toronto. Men and women were divided into two groups. Those who ate about 3 cups of strawberries per day lowered their blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Earlier studies have shown strawberries to be rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. California strawberries are available year-round.Top