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» December 5, 2006 «
The wildfire that has destroyed homes in Ventura County also threatens a number of agricultural operations. The county agricultural commissioner's office says an orange grove, tree farms and pastureland in the Moorpark area all lie in the fire's path. Agricultural investigators have begun assessing damage, but say it will be several days before the extent of the farm damage is known. The fire started Sunday and has been fanned by strong winds.
Family farmers and ranchers must embrace change and stay engaged with local, state and national decision-makers, according to the leader of the state's largest farm organization. California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar addressed delegates to the group's Annual Meeting in Anaheim yesterday (Monday). Mosebar said farmers would remain active in the coming year to tackle issues including food safety, immigration reform and estate-tax reform.
Dairy farmers want the federal government to expand a food program for poor families, rather than reducing the amount of milk and cheese made available under the program. The government proposes to reduce the amount of dairy food used by the food program, in order to increase use of fruits and vegetables. Western United Dairymen of Modesto and other dairy groups have urged the government to increase overall spending on the food program in order to expand fruit and vegetable use.
Habitat restoration, water conservation and use of solar power are among the stewardship practices employed by a Lodi farm family, honored with a statewide conservation award yesterday. Brad and Randy Lange received the Leopold Conservation Award, presented at the California Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Anaheim. The Langes have restored habitat near their vineyards and taken steps to reduce dust and improve soil and water quality on their farm.Top