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» November 1, 2005 «
As the calendar turns to November, turkey farmers prepare for their main sales season. The California Poultry Federation says farmers have been earning good prices for their birds, but that consumers will find plenty of bargains once Thanksgiving nears. The poultry federation says some retailers will offer turkeys free with a minimum purchase of other groceries, and retail prices for specialty birds could range as high as $2.50 per pound.
New air-quality regulations apply to internal-combustion engines used on San Joaquin Valley farms ... and a series of workshops beginning today (Tuesday) aims to help farmers comply. Experts from government agencies implementing the rules will describe how they work. The workshops will also present techniques and programs that farmers can use to comply with the rules. A Fresno County Farm Bureau spokeswoman says the sessions will help farmers determine their best options.
Harvest time means increased activity for both walnut growers and walnut thieves. Those thieves steal walnuts from the orchard floor, often selling them on roadsides. After arresting two suspected walnut thieves last week, Tulare County deputies said they had made 11 walnut-theft arrests in 10 hours during last year's harvest. Stealing more than 100 pounds of walnuts is a felony.
A worldwide shortage of macadamia nuts has boosted interest in California's crop. Growers produce macadamia nuts commercially from groves in San Diego and Orange counties. They report receiving calls from all over the world, seeking to buy macadamias. Unlike other areas, California's small macadamia-producing region has produced a heavy crop this season. Harvest will continue through February.Top