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» December 14, 2006 «
Schools and roads in rural California remain without a significant source of revenue, because Congress adjourned without renewing a key program. The program compensates counties for government revenue lost as a result of declining timber sales. The funding serves schools and roads in 38 California counties. Supporters say they'll work to renew the legislation when the new Congress convenes next month.
A new holiday treat will be available this year. For the first time, California-grown artichokes are in plentiful supply before Christmas. Some retailers even have them advertised in their weekly food bargains. The California Artichoke Advisory Board says the larger supplies are due to changes in planting patterns. Good weather has helped, as well. If it turns very cold, production might slow, but even so there should be plenty of artichokes available at Christmastime.
Walnut marketers typically see a boost in demand during the holidays. Harvest has ended, but processing of shelled walnuts continues all year. The California Walnut Commission rates the overall quality of the crop as good. The record-setting July heat wave caused concerns about walnut damage, but the commission says sunburn damage to the crop turned out to be no worse than usual.
A slow-release fertilizer developed by government researchers shows promise, and now the U.S. Agriculture Department wants to find a company to produce it commercially. The USDA describes the fertilizer as environmentally friendly. The product mimics natural soil processes and differs from slow-release fertilizers already on the market. Researchers say the fertilizer would be especially good for lawn or turf, but would also work on most crops.Top