Easter lilies, business blooms

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The weeks before Easter are a busy time for producers of springtime lilies, many of which get their start in California.

As the holiday approaches, farmers are busy shipping the flowers to markets across the country, the California Farm Bureau Federation reported.

Nearly all Easter lilies sold in the United States get their start on a 10-mile stretch along the California-Oregon border, the CFBF explained.

At the end of the bulb's third season, it is brought into a climate-controlled greenhouse and is potted and cultivated to bloom just in time for the holiday, the organization noted.

Biomass deadline approaching

DAVIS, Calif. -- The application deadline for the latest round of Biomass Crop Assistance Program projects in California is April 23, the USDA's Farm Service Agency has announced.

BCAP incentives provide farmers a chance to grow nonfood crops to be processed into biofuels, perhaps using marginal land on which some other crops can't grow, FSA state executive director Val Dolcini said in a news release.

Project areas will be selected from among proposals submitted by producers or biomass facilities to the FSA.

For information about submitting a proposal, visit www.grants.gov .

Drought plan under review

YREKA, Calif. -- The Klamath Basin Coordinating Council, which oversees the progress of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement, has issued its second annual report.

The report states that a drought plan is under review by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and that the Klamath Water and Power Authority is developing an on-project plan to align supply and demand for irrigation water in the basin.

In the driest years, irrigators would receive about 100,000 acre-feet less than their current demand, the report stated. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has made progress on studies of additional water storage in the basin, which could benefit agriculture and fish populations, according to the report.

To read the report, visit www.klamathcouncil.org .

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