Food & Farm News
2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009
2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005
» September 10, 2008 «
California's dairy business generated more than $61 billion in economic activity in California in 2007, according to a California Milk Advisory Board study. That represents a 30 percent increase in economic growth since 2004. The study projects that California milk production will increase from more than 4 billion gallons a year to more than 6 billion by 2020. The dairy industry has created nearly 435,000 full-time jobs in 2007.
Grazing conditions in California remain very poor on dryland pasture, according to a federal government report. Some ranchers continue herd reductions, which could lead to higher beef prices in future years. Water sources in lower elevations continue to dry out and some ranchers are providing hay and other supplemental feed and water to their animals. Irrigated pastures are in good condition. Ranchers are now moving their cattle to lower elevations for winter.
Scientists are developing a tomato plant that resists two viruses that reduce greenhouse tomato production. More than 652,000 tons of tomatoes were produced in North American greenhouses in 2006. The two viruses can damage tomato fruit, stunt growth and leave the plant vulnerable to other infections. The development of the plant would reduce chemical use and increase greenhouse production, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
California students in grades 3 through 8 are being encouraged to participate in the "Imagine this…" story-writing contest. Sponsored by the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, the contest encourages students to develop their writing skills as they create stories about agriculture. Winning stories are published in a book illustrated by high school artists. Students have until November 1 to participate.Top