California Producers Expect Improved Conditions

The California Farm Bureau is already noting changes in two of California’s largest markets.
California is known for its wine and as the world’s recession is slowly easing up, sales of finer wines are increasing. The USDA reports that the world wine trade stalled for the past two years as consumers in American and worldwide have switched to lower-priced wines. However, slowly the market is climbing back up worldwide. Although the market never completely died off it was always strongest in Europe and Canada.
Timber farmers in California are also seeing improved conditions. Over the past year the demand for wood has increased and prices have even increased. The demand for redwood and Douglas fir are increasing as timber farmers prepare for the upcoming logging season. The official season starts once the winter rains dry up. Although the industry is seeing improvements timber farmers still report that the industry is in “a dark hole.”
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