Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Loan aids water project
Water management in the Sacramento Valley will benefit from a $449 million federal loan. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the loan during a visit to the future Sites Reservoir Tuesday. The loan would aid a project to connect two existing canals in order to enhance the flexibility of water management in the region. Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke also met with farmers and ranchers for a roundtable discussion.

Rangeland suffers from Camp Fire
Early estimates indicate the Camp Fire burned 30,000 to 40,000 acres of rangeland in Butte County. Ranchers say most cattle remained on higher ground during the fire, and were not affected. But the ranchers will need to find other sources of feed to replace the scorched rangeland. The Butte County agricultural commissioner says he has also heard of fire damage to orchards and nurseries, but that specific loss estimates can’t yet be made.

Resources help bird owners protect poultry
Keeping birds safe from infectious poultry diseases requires care, whether the birds live on farms or in backyard chicken coops, and government agencies have enhanced online resources to help bird owners. A U.S. Agriculture Department program called Defend the Flock provides videos, fact sheets and other materials. In Southern California, officials are tracking outbreaks of virulent Newcastle disease in backyard poultry.

Restaurant preferences undergo changes
The restaurant landscape continues to shift with the emergence of “fast casual” restaurants. A government study says fast-casual restaurants have increased their share of the quick-service restaurant market. Quick-service establishments–where customers order food at a counter–have grown in number by 20 percent since 2000, and now account for more than half of the restaurants in operation nationwide.


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.