3-23-11 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Three separate studies are bringing together researchers from a wide variety fields. Their goal is to find ways farmers and foresters can continue growing food and timber while limiting the impact of a changing environment.

The U.S.D.A. says shifting weather patterns already have had a big effect on agriculture, and the country needs to prepare for even greater changes.

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Fresno State is bottling a new wine to mark the university's centennial.

Fresno State's wine making department has been working on a special red wine for about a year. It includes all of the five principle grapes used for Bordeaux.

"Centennial Cuvee" began running through the school's bottling line Tuesday. It will sell for about $20 a bottle.

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Thursday is national Chocolate Covered Raisin Day, but Raisin City is celebrating it a day early.

Thousands of tons of valley raisins are dipped in chocolate for the sweet treat. Wednesday, Nestlé is taking over the town of Raisin City and renaming it "Raisinets City" for the day! Costumed "Raisinets" characters will fill the town square where people will be treated to Raisinets, as well as a parade, a relay race and other raisin themed activities.

The ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at Raisin City Park.

Nestle is also donating some of its food products, like Nes-Quick and Juicy Juice to the Community Food Bank.

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