Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Seasonal trends benefit dairy sales
If historic trends prevail, sales of milk and other dairy products will enjoy a seasonal boost this fall, as students return to school and holiday-related consumption accelerates. Market analysts say consumption of fluid milk often slumps in the summer but rebounds beginning in August. Products such as butter, cream and cheese will see increased sales in coming months, as buyers build inventory for the holidays. 
Walnut study points to appetite control
If you feel less hungry after eating a few walnuts, there’s a reason: Scientists at a Boston hospital say walnuts activate a region of the brain involved in appetite control. People report feeling fuller after eating walnuts, and the new study helps to pinpoint the brain activity that triggers the response. Researchers say the findings could help them learn how other foods affect people’s ability to control their appetites. 
Farmers assess NAFTA
When talks resume next month about renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, farmers and ranchers will continue to press for policies that retain gains in agricultural trade among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The California Farm Bureau says NAFTA has, on balance, been positive for California agriculture, although Mexican competition has hurt some crops. Canada is the No. 2 market for California farm exports, and Mexico ranks fifth. 
Research aims to breed drought-resistant plants

The amount of wax on a plant’s leaves may offer a clue about how well the plant can withstand drought. A project by scientists from California and Texas examined wheat, and found that plants that survive in dry climates have higher concentrations of wax on their leaves. A professor from the University of Southern California says the findings will help plant specialists breed drought-resistant crops.  



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