Leaders discuss feeding world

SACRAMENTO -- The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will lead a discussion on feeding a growing world population -- merging increased agricultural productivity with poverty reduction, health and wellness, and sustainability -- at its Aug. 25 meeting.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Main Auditorium, 1220 N St., Sacramento.

"California agriculture has never been about the status quo," CDFA Secretary A.G. Kawamura said in a press release. "A sustainable domestic and international food system, with all kinds of food production and all sizes of farms utilizing increased applications of science and technology, is where we have an advantage."

According to the press release, the state board will hear from a variety of key speakers from across the nation, including: Jason Clay, World Wildlife Fund; Neilson C. Conklin, President of the Farm Foundation; Jeff Dlott, SureHarvest; Michael Scuse, USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; Howard-Yana Shapiro, MARS, Inc., and Pamela Ronald, University of California-Davis.

Tainted eggs sicken hundreds

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Health officials say tainted eggs have sickened at least 266 Californians with salmonella, despite a multi-state recall.

Los Angeles County health officer Dr. Jonathan Fielding said Aug. 17 the sick will develop diarrhea, fever and cramps and the illness typically lasts four to seven days.

Babies, the elderly and those with weak immune systems are vulnerable to more severe illness.

Eggs from Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, were delivered to wholesalers, distribution centers and food service companies in California, Illinois, Missouri, Colorado, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Seven cases of salmonella were linked to the same recall in Minnesota.

The eggs are packaged under various names, including Albertson, Ralph's and Farm Fresh.

Fiorina picks up endorsements

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- A trade group representing small businesses is endorsing Carly Fiorina in the U.S. Senate race in California, marking the second time this month that a major business group has supported the GOP candidate.

The National Federation of Independent Business said it believes Fiorina will be friendlier to its 20,000 members in California because of her stand on taxes and regulation. For example, she supports extending tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003 for all taxpayers, including those families with incomes exceeding $250,000.

The group says incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has taken stands that hurt small businesses, particularly with her support for health insurance legislation.

Fiorina has also picked up the nod of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Judge orders chicken trial

SACRAMENTO (AP) -- A federal judge says a lawsuit filed seeking penalties against one of the state's largest egg producing facilities over pollution from its manure lagoon should go to trial.

U.S. District Court Judge John Mendez in Sacramento rejected a motion to dismiss the case by Olivera Egg Farm. The egg farm, located outside of Stockton, has more than 700,000 chickens in cages at its facility.

The Humane Society of the United States filed the suit on behalf of the farm's neighbors, claiming the farm has been allowed to flout state and federal environmental laws governing air pollution.

The suit says the farm's 16.5-acre manure pond emits unhealthy levels of ammonia into the air, which burns residents' eyes and is a nuisance.

A lawyer for the farm, Jared Mueller, did not return a call seeking comment.

Copyright 2010 The AP.

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