Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Groups ask Congress to tackle rural infrastructure
Congress should move quickly to enact bipartisan infrastructure legislation, which should address the specific needs of rural communities, according to a coalition of 200-plus organizations. In a letter to congressional leaders, the coalition said rural communities have unique needs for drinking water, transportation, power, broadband and other facilities. The California Farm Bureau Federation and other California organizations are part of the coalition.

Rose growers concentrate on year-round sales
With Valentine’s Day approaching, California rose growers say the holiday has become only a minor part of their business. Imported red roses dominate the market so, to stay in business, California farmers have diversified. Most now grow roses in whites, pinks and other less traditional colors, and depend on sales for use at weddings and other special events during the year.

Tomato growers assess 2019 plans
Plantings of processing tomatoes apparently will remain stable in California. The partial government shutdown delayed an official estimate of planting intentions, but the California Tomato Growers Association estimates farmers will produce 12 million tons of tomatoes for use in salsa, ketchup and other products. In addition, groups that promote tomato products and avocados plan a joint marketing campaign to underline the combined benefits of the crops.

Cheese makers look for ways to boost sales
Americans have been eating more cheese, and dairy processors have been making more—but the supply has been outpacing the demand. Cheese stocks have risen to record levels nationwide. Lower prices have helped improve export demand for U.S. cheese, but retaliatory tariffs and other trade disputes have blunted the growth. The U.S. Dairy Export Council says an improved treaty with Japan could be a significant benefit to the cheese business.


ABOUT CALIFORNIA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION

The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of nearly 36,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 5.5 million Farm Bureau members.