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Bank earns largest ag dept. loan for fiscal year

Bank of the Sierra announced that their Ag Credit department has been recognized by the Certified Development Corporation of Tulare County for securing the largest loan of Fiscal Year 2015 for its lending area. The loan, granted to Topline Dairy, will be used for the purchase of a dairy in Hanford. The Small Business Administration’s […]

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More citrus falls under quarantine

At a time of year when citrus growers are usually considered with low temperatures the industry is more concerned with a rise in the appearance of a citrus pest across the state. Earlier this month, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced expanded quarantines in two counties north and south of Tulare County […]

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Christmas is cold but not frozen

Weather reports called for a hard freeze throughout the San Joaquin Valley on Christmas night. Fortunately for Valley citrus growers, cold temperatures failed to drop below critical lows. Weather stations report temperatures hovered in the low 30s and upper 20s in some areas, which most citrus varieties can withstand provided protection by water and wind […]

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Tulare Co. Crop Report

For the week ending December 26, 2015 Small Grains and Other Field Crops: All cotton fields are in compliance with the Cotton Plowdown Regulations. Harvested fields are undergoing preparations for winter grain and forage crops; this includes spreading manure, disking, preparing berms, and planting. Farmers have received more than enough rainfall for winter crops and […]

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A Leading Light

When he was 14 years old, Kenny Powell was the best Christmas decorator in Exeter. Now, 28 years later, not much has changed except that his decorations are more elaborate. Powell said his love of lighting up a home for Christmas began in 1987 when his family urged him to decorate the house and enter […]

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A Rockin’ New Year

Is your New Year’s resolution to get fit? Finish a 5K run? Finish your 500th 5K run? Whatever the reason, you’ll be helping the local community. Join over 400 other runners as they start off the new year right. All race proceeds directly support the Visalia Rescue Mission. New this year is the rock n’ […]

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Dead tree removal exemption permit extended

As California’s severe drought and bark beetle epidemic has left millions of trees dead, the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection last week voted to extend a drought mortality exemption to the state’s tree removal permitting process. “With massive tree mortality across California, this exemption streamlines the process for landowners who are working to […]

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