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Farmers and ranchers in 29 California counties are eligible for emergency loans as a result of a federal disaster declaration. Another 21 counties are eligible as they are adjacent to the primary counties. Those farmers who had damage from heavy rains and flooding in Winter 2005 and Spring 2006 are now able to apply for loans. Weather-related losses between December 17, 2005 and April 26, 2006 are included in the eligibility declaration.
There will be plenty of watermelons available for Fourth of July activities, but they may come from different fields. Wet conditions slowed planting in most Central Valley locations, and growers who usually provide melons for July Fourth won't be harvesting yet. But, there are plenty of watermelons from Southern California and Arizona to satisfy demand. July Fourth is when watermelon demand peaks.
California's egg production declined in May. Federal figures show production was 7-million less than April and 11-million less than a year ago. Prices also dropped 10 cents a dozen for market eggs, which places prices below the farmer's production costs. The number of chickens dropped two percent from April, but production per chicken rose slightly. Projections are for farmers to continue to receive prices less than production costs for the rest of this year.
There's a new way to entice kids, teens and adults to eat the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables. It's an all-natural pomegranate snack-size bar developed by the Agricultural Research Service. The moist, chewy, fat-free bars contain 100 calories and are rich in fiber, vitamin C and anthocyanins, which benefit health. The new bars will enable consumers to enjoy pomegranate taste even when the fruit is out of season.Top