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The push for immigration reform has gained new momentum, a California farm leader says. California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar welcomed an announcement yesterday (Thursday) by U.S. Senate leaders and the Bush administration, as progress toward meaningful immigration reform. The plan includes specific provisions for farms and ranches. Mosebar said immigrant workers play a crucial role in providing safe, affordable food for American consumers.
Discovery of a new insect pest has avocado and citrus farmers concerned about potential crop damage. The insect, a species of thrips, has been identified in Ventura County after turning up for the first time last year in San Diego County avocado groves. The California Citrus Research Board proposed an area-wide survey to determine where and how far the pest may have moved.
A company that proposes to make ethanol from rice straw has received a much-awaited engineering study for its proposed refinery in Colusa. A company spokesman for Colusa Biomass Energy Corporation says the preliminary engineering study establishes the validity and viability of its ethanol-conversion process. The company calls the study an important step on the path to commercializing its proprietary ethanol-making process.
A new program harnesses the power of moms, to encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables. Called "Champions for Change," the campaign features television and outdoor ads that urge people to eat fruits and vegetables, and exercise more. The state Department of Health Services says its campaign features what it calls "everyday moms," not actors, to promote healthy actions that reduce obesity.Top