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Tony S. Mendonca Family will be honored as Tulare’s 2019 Dairy Family of the Year at June 14 event

@TheSunGazette TULARE – Tony Mendonca has seen the fat and the skim of the dairy industry over the last 65 years. Chasing work from dairy to dairy in the industry’s infancy, saving up to own his own dairy while raising a young family, staying alive under increasing pressure from environmentalists, and then teaching his children […]

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Preliminary figures suggest honey harvest from bee colonies could be up in 2019

By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau CENTRAL VALLEY – It’s a “mixed box” when it comes to beekeeper expectations regarding this season’s honey crop. Some beekeepers report that winter weather brought plenty of forage for honeybees to feast on this year, and others say uneven citrus bloom in some areas may affect honey production. Although […]

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Almond growers learn about their ‘largest challenge’

Valley farmers attend seminar to answer questions about water rights, regulations, and restrictions By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau CENTRAL VALLEY– Because trying to understand and comply with a multitude of water regulations takes up a greater proportion of farmers’ time and attention, the Almond Board of California invited farmers and water specialists to a […]

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Tulare County ready to make the ‘switch’ to solar

Tulare County government facilities estimate a $40 million saving in energy over next quarter century @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Tulare County is going green. Not with cannabis of course, but with energy. Last week the Tulare County Board Supervisors, county staff and community members gathered to “Flip the Switch” at Government Plaza. The symbolic light switch […]

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New law sets up city for sidewalk vendors

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Visalians will be seeing a lot more ice cream carts, rose peddlers, corn on the cob street corners, and hot dog dealers after the Visalia City Council was forced to approve new laws regulating sidewalk vendors after banning them for several years. At its June 3 meeting, the city council […]

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Exeter FFA: A Semester of Success

By Lauren McEwen Past Exeter FFA Chapter Reporter As FFA members hang up their blue corduroy jackets for the summer, the Exeter Agriculture Department looks upon its chapter with pride. With over 400 members in its program, the Exeter FFA Chapter hosts nearly half of EUHS students at its off-campus facilities.  Notable recent events at […]

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Troy Barker awarded 2018 Employee of the Year as cannabis compliance officer

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Proposition 64, passed in 2016 has been a boon for some cities, but has also led to a backlash with hundreds of illegal marijuana grows cropping up all over Tulare County. “Due to the political climate and passage of Proposition 64 we have seen a significant increase in violations to our local […]

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TULARE CO. CROP REPORT

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Alfalfa fields are being cut. Harvested grain fields are being tilled and replanted with Black-eyed beans or other forage crops to be used for feed and silage for local dairies. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: With temperatures reaching above 100 degrees this week, stone fruit and nut tree […]

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Senate District 16 Rep. Shannon Grove awards Happy Trails Riding Academy as Non-profit of the Year

@TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO – Happy Trails just keeps riding along in Tulare, and they have some wind at their back now that they have been honored as Non-profit of the Year for Senate District 16. Last week Senate Republican leader Shannon recognized the accredited therapeutic center as California’s 16th Senate District Non-Profit of the Year as […]

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Boulder Boats hopes to hook more customers with sponsorship

@TheSunGazette HENDERSON, NEV. – A Visalia boat dealer may hook more customers after its parent company reeled in a partnership with an emerging sport fishing series. On May 29, Nevada-based Boulder Boats, which operates a dealership in Visalia, announced an agreement with JML Outdoors to be the title sponsor of all JML Nights series events. […]

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