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Citrus Research Board announces new president

Marcy Martin brings over 25 years of ag and commodity experience Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – The Citrus Research Board (CRB) recently appointed Marcy Martin as the new president of the organization, after a nearly year-long national search. Martin starts the job at CRB’s headquarters in Visalia on Oct. 1. “Citrus is part of our American […]

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Local dairyman named fair parade grand marshal

Joe Airosa will lead the centennial celebration on opening day By Kaitlin Washburn @Kwashy12 TULARE – For more than 60 years, Joe Airosa has exhibited just about any animal he could at the Tulare County Fair. Aside from horses and turkeys, Airosa, or a member of his family, has shown everything from pigeons to cows.  A […]

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Valley fever cases rising, resources fall short

The infection is tough to diagnose, leading to an undercount of cases and delayed treatment By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 CENTRAL VALLEY – Dr. Royce Johnson is one of the go-to doctors for valley fever. He has been treating people with the infection, which can be fatal and is endemic to the Central Valley, for decades.   […]

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Crocker addresses budget process, priority issues at State of the County

Board chairman Kuyler Crocker discusses the realities of a limited budget, planned road improvements and homelessness  Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 VISALIA – The Tulare County Board of Supervisors held a state of the county address Thursday to discuss the issues the County plans to focus on this year.   The event, which was hosted by the Visalia […]

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How the Valley responds when ICE comes to town

All eight San Joaquin Valley counties said they do not assist with immigration enforcement  By Kaitlin Washburn  @KWashy12 TULARE COUNTY – As immigration enforcement continues to ramp up throughout the United States, a California labor law firm warned employers about “silent” immigration raids targeting workplaces in the state.  Two weeks ago, in Mississippi, immigration agents raided […]

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Tulare Irrigation District applies for groundwater grant

By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE – The Tulare Irrigation District is seeking a grant to develop a groundwater exchange market with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The grant would determine the viability of a water market for the Kaweah subbasin, which would involve the groundwater sustainability agencies managing the subbasin: Mid-Kaweah, Greater Kaweah and East […]

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California Dairies appoints Brad Anderson new CEO

Brad Anderson to move from chief operating officer to CEO in early 2020, less than 18 months after joining Cal Dairies By Kaitlin Washburn @Kwashy12 VISALIA – California Dairies, Inc. recently announced that Brad Anderson will be the cooperative’s new president and CEO. Anderson, who currently serves as COO for California Dairies, will start Jan. […]

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 New natural gas facility converts cow poop to power

New natural gas facility converts cow poop to power. Is the equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road every year. Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY — In California’s ongoing effort to slow climate change, the state’s dairy industry is reckoning with the reality of how cow patties contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The industry […]

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Proposed H-VSA visa changes would streamline applications, strengthen protections

By Kaitlin Washburn @KWashy12 TULARE COUNTY – Amidst a national debate on immigration and a labor shortage in the Central Valley, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed changes to improve the H-2A temporary agricultural labor certification program. The proposal intends to “streamline and simplify” the application process, strengthen protections for U.S. and foreign workers and […]

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New ag theft law protects California farmers

By Kaitlin Washburn @Kwashy12 SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) introduced Senate Bill 224 in partnership with Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux. The law will provide resources to law enforcement to help with efforts to curb agricultural crime. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on July 12. “Farming is not a typical […]

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