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A Modesto City Council subcommittee is set to discuss a residential urban limit and ways to protect agriculture and water at its meeting today at 5 p.m. in the basement chamber at Tenth Street Place,1010 10th St.
This is the corn that feeds the cow that gives the milk that makes the cheese. That story line was the topic Tuesday for 15 teachers learning how to put farm-related science into their lessons.
Farmers and winemakers will become teachers June 6 at the second annual Farm to Table Dinner in Modesto. The event will showcase food and wine from Stanislaus County and raise money for Ag in Motion, a mobile classroom that visits junior high schools.
Drive up around Sonora and you see them, gleaming like nuggets to a gold miner. Specialty farms dot the landscape in increasing numbers, producing wine grapes, apples, olives, llamas and other crops and livestock.
After considering a proposal for a residential growth boundary to protect ag land Monday night, the Modesto Planning Commission voted 6-0 to recommend the City Council appoint a task force to look at protecting agriculture, water recharge basins, develop plans for an economic corridor and promote infill development.
Dairy farmers Monday urged the state yet again to boost minimum prices they get from processors. Western United Dairymen, based in Modesto, and allied groups asked the California Department of Food and Agriculture to increase the price for milk that is made into cheese. They said dairy farmers continue to go out of business because of a mismatch between milk prices and production costs, especially that of feed corn.
Seth Nitschke runs cattle on grassland in Mariposa County, far from the Midwestern feedlots he used to frequent, He is part of the grass-fed beef movement. keeping the cattle on pasture all their lives rather than sending them to distant feedlots to be fattened on grain before slaughter.
A centuries-old technique called dry farming once the order of the day in the Central Valley is once again drawing the interest of some of the region's farmers.
An undersecretary of agriculture talked this week about food stamp fraud, including a $1 million bust at an Empire store. His staff arranged the interview to highlight recent efforts to prevent fraud.
California lawmakers now will help plant another farm bill, hoping it will bear fruit for the state's frustrated growers.
A British outfit declared this week that the University of California at Davis, has the No. 1 agricultural school on Earth. The survey by QS World University Rankings no doubt brought smiles to Modesto-area people who got ag-related degrees at Davis.
Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, the red-hot label from E.&J. Gallo Winery of Modesto, has blended grapes from four continents for its latest launch.
The Turlock Certified Farmers Market drew a crowd as its fourth season kicked off in a slightly shifted location and with new booths and faces.
The battle over fresh chicken and turkey injected with saltwater and other substances has moved to the state Capitol. A bill to restrict such products is backed by the Modesto-based California Poultry Federation.
The federal government Thursday projected a near-record almond crop in California this year a boon to an industry that has had little trouble finding buyers around the world. The estimate of 2,000,700,000 pounds was announced at the Modesto headquarters of the Almond Board of California.