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State puts best foot forward to stomp out citrus disease

Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee releases first endorsement of best practices to prevent the spread of fatal tree disease huanglongbing By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY – The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee endorsed a set of best practices on how to combat huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that devastates citrus orchards. The recommendations were […]

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Communities still gaming out what the future of groundwater will be

Residents, panelists and stakeholders game out the future of groundwater in Visalia By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – Community members, local activists and advocacy organizations met last week to discuss sustainable groundwater markets at a roundtable in Visalia. The event included a presentation on groundwater issues, a panel discussion with experts in water sustainability and […]

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Pesticide program aims to stop sharpshooter spread

Ag Commissioner’s Office says there have been no reports of human illness in program’s 21-year history  By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – Pests and the diseases they carry are a constant threat to the livelihoods of agricultural communities.  For grape growers, glassy-winged sharpshooters can devastate entire vineyards thanks to the bacteria the pest carries, Pierce’s Disease.  […]

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63 farmworkers exposed to pesticides on vineyard

Workers began feeling nauseous, vomiting while tending grapes in the Dinuba area By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 DINUBA – Farm workers were allegedly exposed to pesticides last week while working on a vineyard west of Dinuba. Three were sent to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia for nausea and vomiting following the June 18 incident. First responders […]

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Visalia residents concerned with Tulare County spraying controversial pesticide to control grape pest known as glassy-winged sharpshooter

Porterville treatment includes biological control with parasitic wasp while Visalia treatment includes direct application to the soil By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – Tulare County has started spraying pesticides in residential areas in Visalia and Lindsay to combat glassy-winged sharpshooters, a non-native pest that carries a deadly grapevine disease. The sharpshooter also attacks residential and […]

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