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» November 7, 2005 «
California egg farmers have reduced production in response to declining prices. Government figures show that on-farm egg prices have dropped an average of 27 percent in the first three quarters of this year. Demand for eggs had risen rapidly in recent years, as consumers switched to high-protein diets … but that trend has apparently ended. Farmers have been selling eggs at a loss, though they hope for improved prices during a typical end-of-the-year rise in demand.
Seeking to ratchet back the use of eminent domain powers by local governments, the House has passed a bill that discourages states from seizing land for private economic development. Farm groups were among supporters of the measure, which was introduced in response to a Supreme Court ruling that allows local governments to seize property for private development. The bill specifies that Congress considers such action a threat to farmland and other rural property.
Grass has begun to regenerate on Northern California pastures, thanks to early autumn storms that have stimulated rangeland grass growth. Ranchers say recent rains have also helped to fill stock ponds, providing more water for cattle to drink. Areas from Butte County north have had more precipitation than the rest of the state. Ranchers in Central and Southern California are still awaiting rain to revive pastures in those regions.
Fall melon harvest has started in the Imperial Valley, about two weeks later than average. Observers say farmers have been earning higher-than-usual prices for this time of year. Growers report high fruit quality both for cantaloupes and honeydew melons. A few specialty melons made it to market, but volume was too low to classify. Farmers say labor supplies remain tight as the melon harvest begins.Top