Crop Row

Cotton harvest hits halfway point

Nearly ideal weather for growing cotton could lead to record yields in the Central Valley this season. But California’s overall cotton production will be down, due to water shortages and market conditions. The favorable weather has pushed the crop ahead of its typical harvest schedule. A weekly crop report shows the California cotton harvest to have reached the halfway mark, with two-thirds of the crop rated in “excellent” condition.

 

Survey tracks farm-to-school trend

More than 300 California school districts reported participating in some sort of farm-to-school program, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Agriculture Department. In releasing results of its first Farm to School Census, the USDA said 43% of public school districts across the country have started such programs. Through farm-to-school programs, schools purchase food from local farmers, offer school gardens or other activities.

– SOURCE: www.cfbf.com

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