Food and Farm News

New water year begins on a dry note

The first month of California's new water year has been dry, but forecasters say there's "no clear indicator" about whether the year will turn out to be wet or dry. A representative of the state Department of Water Resources notes the main rain and snow months of December, January and February remain ahead. Water storage in many reservoirs has stayed near or above average, although some have been drawn down in part to provide cold water for fish.

Tiny wasps fight against big problem for citrus

New recruits in the fight against a deadly citrus disease entered the battle at Cal Poly Pomona Tuesday, as officials released beneficial wasps into citrus trees. The wasps act as natural predators of the Asian citrus psyllid, an insect that can spread the fatal plant disease HLB. More than 3 million of the tiny wasps have been released in Southern California this year, as officials work to keep HLB out of commercial citrus groves.

Californian elected to lead National FFA

For a second consecutive year, a Californian has been elected president of the National FFA Organization. Luke O'Leary of San Luis Obispo won the post during the FFA convention in Indianapolis last weekend. O'Leary is studying agricultural leadership and development at Texas A&M University. He succeeds Breanna Holbert of Lodi, who served as national FFA president for the previous year.

Study tracks time devoted to eating

A little more than an hour a day: That's the average time American adults spend in eating and drinking as a primary activity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says adults devote about 65 minutes a day to meals and another 17 minutes to eating as a secondary activity. The amount of time Americans spend eating has declined. Researchers say more work will be needed to determine if eating faster can be connected to obesity rates.

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