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Lawmakers push for citrus to be included in U.S./China trade deal

The two countries are approaching a deal that could end a months-long trade war Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 CENTRAL VALLEY – Last week, three California congressmen sent a letter encouraging the Trump administration to ensure citrus products are included in a tentative trade deal between China and the United States.  The U.S. and China have been working […]

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Women’s wellness is heart of the Farmworker Women’s Conference

Attendees learned about the wide variety of services available to them and their families Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 VISALIA – Hundreds of women filled the Visalia Convention Center for the annual Farmworker Women’s Conference on Health, Safety, Employment, Education and Environment, a free event focused on the plight of women farm workers.  Attendees had the opportunity to […]

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Farmersville considers industrial hemp ban

The city, which legalized commercial cannabis, took no action on hemp at a recent meeting Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 FARMERSVILLE – The city of Farmersville is considering banning the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, which was federally legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill.  The concerns the city has with hemp cultivation are the lack of federal, […]

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Lali Moheno champions women farm workers’ wellness, rights

The 20th Farmworker Women’s Conference, Lali Moheno’s brainchild, is Friday Nov. 1 Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY – Lali Moheno threatened to divorce her husband when he wanted to move to Visalia for a new job.  She was happy with their life in Ventura, Calif. She loved her job and the community. Plus, she didn’t have […]

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Tariff relief from Japan amid China trade war

California’s citrus industry will benefit from Japan cutting tariffs on 90% of all U.S. ag products Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12  EXETER – Japan recently agreed to cut tariffs on agricultural and industrial products from the U.S. under a new deal between the two countries.  The agreement, which was announced by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister […]

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CalEPA announces ban of chlorpyrifos pesticide

The toxic pesticide will no longer be sold in California after Feb. 6 Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 SACRAMENTO – Chlorpyrifos, a controversial toxic pesticide, was recently banned by the California Environmental Protection Agency, a decision hailed as a victory for environmental and farmworker advocates. “For years, environmental justice advocates have fought to get the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos […]

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Tulare County crop report shows gains in 2018

Dairy, citrus, grapes remain at the top Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY – In 2018, Tulare County agriculture fared well overall, increasing in value by 2.5 percent, according to last year’s crop report. The industry valued at $7.2 billion in 2018. In general, Tulare County’s agricultural strength is partly thanks to the diverse types of crops […]

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County has highest rate of food stamp users in state

The county health department, local organizations do extensive outreach to ensure people can access food Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County’s farms put food on the tables of families worldwide. Yet, the county has the highest rate of food stamp participation in California. “It is unacceptable that we have such a high food insecurity […]

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Politicians, stakeholder support Newsom’s SB1 veto

The citrus advocacy agency said the bill would have “devastating impacts” on water management, Valley politicians applaud veto Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 EXETER– Valley politicians and agricultural stake holders did something that may seem impossible in the day and age of divisiveness, they agreed with California’s Democrat governor. Gavin Newsom decided to forego Senate Bill 1 that […]

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