Dairy farmers work hard every day to bring consumers wholesome milk products. Almost all dairies are family-owned, and as active members of their communities, farm families take pride in feeding the country and maintaining natural resources. Local dairy farmer Ray Souza has provided an impeccable system on his farm to ensure families are receiving the best quality of milk.
Soon after the founding of California State University, Stanislaus in 1960, the college earned the nickname "Turkey Tech" - a nod to Turlock's past as the turkey capital of the world. Despite this poultry-related moniker, the liberal arts centered university offered no agricultural course of study. This seemingly ironic situation was remedied in 2002, with the creation of the Agricultural Studies Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Turlock will close its business doors and turn out for the traditional Turlock-Modesto High School football game here on Thursday in observation of Thanksgiving Day a la Roosevelt. But to many a Turlocker Thanksgiving this year will mean more than a holiday, a football game, and a turkey dinner - although the dinner, as a Thanksgiving Day institution, means their workaday 'three squares.' These persons are the Turlock turkey growers, turkey pickers, turkey shippers - all engaged in an industry which has become one of the leading agricultural pursuits of Stanislaus County, one of the leading industries of the Turlock district.
California's Total Farm Production Expenditures totaled $31.2 billion in 2011, up 3.2 percent from the 2010 estimate of $30.2 billion. California had the largest percentage of the U.S. total at 9.8 percent. Expense items showing the largest increases from the previous year were: Feed, up $640 million; Fertilizer, Lime and Soil Conditioners, up $290 million; and Livestock, Poultry and Related Expenses, up $220 million; The three largest decreases occurred in: Labor, down $390 million from 2010; Interest, down $260 million; and Farm Services, down $240 million.
September 26, 2012|