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» February 8, 2005 «
Farm groups urged Congress to maintain farm programs in their current form, as talks begin on the new federal budget. The administration has recommended cuts in farm spending. The existing Farm Bill is due to remain in place for another two years, and a California Farm Bureau spokesman says Congress should honor that commitment to family farmers. The bill includes a number of commodity, marketing and conservation programs.
Thousands of farmers and hundreds of exhibitors get together in Tulare today (Tuesday), for the start of the world's largest farm-equipment show. The World Ag Expo features three days of exhibits, seminars, tours and other activities. An estimated 1,600 vendors will exhibit everything from tractors and harvesters to irrigation equipment to computer software and more. Seminar topics include outlook sessions for a number of crops and commodities.
Asparagus growers in the Sacramento Delta will start harvest about the last week of February, with greater volume expected in early March. That's a little later than average, as a result of pre-harvest weather. Asparagus production has stayed stable, even though acreage has declined in recent years. That's possible because younger, more-productive fields have replaced older ones.
A human chain of volunteers distributed food to the Ronald McDonald House charity in Los Angeles yesterday (Monday). The event was part of the American Farm Bureau's commemoration of Food Check-Out Day. The celebration highlights the affordability of food, by marking the date by which the average American has earned enough disposable income to pay for the year's entire food supply. The food donation will benefit the families of seriously ill children.Top