Food & Farm News
» February 7, 2006 «
Agricultural advocates say they expect plenty of discussion about the proposed federal budget that the Bush administration sent to Congress yesterday (Monday). The U.S. Agriculture Department budget plan recommends cuts in farm-program spending, similar to those defeated in Congress last year. An American Farm Bureau spokeswoman says the proposal would require farm programs to absorb disproportionate cuts.
The federal government forecasts a third straight year of record agricultural exports. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said the nation's farm exports are expected to top $64.5 billion this year. California continues to lead the nation in the sale of farm products worldwide, accounting for nearly 15 percent of the nation's total farm exports.
Mild, dry weather predicted across most of California this week may relate to the return of the weather phenomenon known as La Niña. Atmospheric scientists say that periodic cooling of Pacific Ocean waters will influence California's weather through April ... probably with slightly warmer and drier conditions. State water officials say the prediction causes no immediate worry, because earlier rains leave the expected water supply slightly above average.
Most American children and adolescents need to improve their calcium intake, according to a study released yesterday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The academy says most children can achieve the recommended calcium intake by eating three servings of dairy products each day. Consuming enough calcium during childhood, the study says, improves bones and cuts the risk of fractures and osteoporosis later in life.Top