Rural coppe wire theft frustrating farmers

From stolen copper wiring to walnuts, farmers and other rural residents hope legislation intended to curb rural crime will succeed.

Thieves target metal commonly used on farms in irrigation pumps, pipes and more. Legislation aimed at slowing the thefts will be discussed in Sacramento this week. Another trend involves schemes where thieves disguise themselves as trucking company employees and then steal entire truckloads of crops such as almonds or walnuts.


Schools benefit from salad bar donations

Encouraging kids to eat healthier and have access to more fresh fruits and vegetables, farmers and people in the produce business have donated dozens of salad bars to schools in California, including Sequoia Union in Lemon Cove.

Organizers say they plan to expand the number of schools into the hundreds to support the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program. In addition, growers have created nutrition materials to help families make healthier decisions at mealtime.


Calif. upland cotton production down

California farmers produced 508,000 bales of upland cotton in 2012, enough to make more than 165 million pairs of jeans. The crop was about 10% smaller than the year before, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department, but the amount of cotton grown per acre set a record.

Upland cotton is the most commonly grown type in the U.S., although in California more farmers grow the extra-long pima cotton.


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