Rising temperatures appear to be reducing the number of hours tree crops in the San Joaquin Valley are subjected to chill during the winter, a critical factor in producing a profitable yield, reported Ezra David Romero on Valley Public Radio, KVPR-FM.
Pistachios, for example, require temperatures between 32 and 45 degrees for about 700 hours each winter, but for the past four years have had less than 500 chill hours.
UC Davis researcher Hyunok Lee recently published a study about climate change impacts on agriculture in UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' peer-reviewed journal
UC Cooperative Extension's nutrition education programs were the feature of freelance writer Don Curlee's "Ag At Large" column last week. The column appears in a variety of publications, including the Hanford Sentinel, the Stockton Record, the (Sutter-Yuba) Appeal Democrat and Capital Press.
Curlee's article noted that UCCE has, "Knowledgeable, trained advisors ... on hand locally ... to help with meal planning, wise shopping, individual diet planning and overall nutritional health."
The column was prompted by the
Agriculture is a key industry in Merced County, contributing nearly $3 billion per year to the local economy, but city dwellers living next door find it's not all tranquility and charm, according to an article in the Merced Sun Star.
The story was based on a research report in the most recent California Agriculture journal, "California communities deal with conflict and adjustment at the urban edge," which focused on the confluence of agriculture and neighborhoods in Merced and Monterey counties.