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Saying that California faces an "unprecedented water crisis," Governor Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed yesterday (Thursday) a water bond for the November ballot. The proposed bond includes money for new water storage and other updates to the state's water system. California Farm Bureau President Doug Mosebar welcomed the announcement, saying it offers hope for the comprehensive water solution that California needs.
Whole communities have suffered because of lack of irrigation water for Central Valley farms. Some parts of the western valley face chronic shortages, made worse this year by drought and court decisions redirecting some water. Farmers planted fewer acres and switched to crops that use less water and require fewer workers. As a result, unemployment is up and small businesses report sales declines. School districts report the loss of students as families move away to seek work.
Bartlett pear harvest has started in the Sacramento River district. The California Pear Advisory Board says hot weather slows the maturing process for pears, so the initial picking has been light. But cooler temperatures predicted to start this weekend would speed the process. The board reports above-average fruit quality and large fruit sizes. Consumers will find the first California-grown pears in retail stores this weekend, with larger quantities arriving next week.
It may be easier than you think to get your kids to eat their broccoli. A survey by the group Produce for Kids revealed that children chose broccoli among their top-three favorite vegetables, along with carrots and corn. But the survey showed what the sponsors called "a disconnect," because parents didn't rank broccoli among their most-purchased vegetables. The study also revealed that only 18 percent of America's children receive their required daily amount of fresh fruits and veggies.Top