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CCM praises Governor’s decision to help fund fight against ACP, HLB

Gov. Jerry Brown issues budget that carves out $2.5 million to prevent the spread of devastating citrus disease @TheSunGazette EXETER – The pest known as the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is becoming much more than a mild irritant to growers. With their infectious Huanglongbing (HLB) disease’s devastating effect on citrus, as has been played out […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending Jan. 13

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Winter forage crops, such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains and forage mixes, continue to be planted. This week’s rain will reduce the need for irrigation. As always more rain is needed in the weeks to follow. Shipments of corn seed are being received in preparation for spring planting. […]

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California quarantine restricts movement of citrus fruit, tree shipments as of Jan. 1

@TheSunGazette EXETER – In a battle with an invasive pest, California is forming a united front around its citrus producing counties to block the spread of a deadly disease that could destroy the industry. On Jan. 1, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) implemented an emergency regional quarantine to more effectively protect California […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending Jan. 6

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Winter forage crops, such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains and forage mixes, continue to be planted and seed shipments received. Irrigation is still necessary to maintain growth of those plantings that have germinated. Rain is still desperately needed. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stored table grapes continue […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending Dec. 30

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Seed is being shipped in and planted to winter forage crops such as wheat, barley, other cereal grains and forage mixes. Irrigation has been necessary to maintain growth. Last week’s rain, while welcome, was insufficient. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stored table grapes are being distributed to foreign […]

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Temperance Flat Dam would double the water storage capacity of Millerton Lake which feeds the Valley’s eastside farmers, cities through the Friant-Kern Canal

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Just two years removed from a historic drought, Tulare County leaders are already working to limit the effects of the next drought. On Dec. 19, Supervisor Steve Worthley told his fellow members of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors that a presentation on Temperance Flat to the California Water Commission […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending Dec. 23

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: All cotton fields should have been shredded and disked to comply with Cotton Plowdown Regulations prior to December 20th . Inspections to insure compliance began on the 20th . Seed is being shipped in and planted to winter forage crops such as wheat, barley, and other cereal grains and […]

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Woodlake gathers feel for commercial marijuana

The City’s low staffing levels makes it easier to vet cannabis businesses coming into town By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN WOODLAKE – Cities throughout Tulare County, including the County, have pushed against the wave of commercial cannabis in California set to begin as early as next month. Woodlake is one of only two cities to welcome it […]

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Farmersville sets cannabis tax rate well below max

City sets $12 per square foot, or 8.75% of total sales, tax rate for cannabis cultivators, hires firm to navigate commercial cannabis laws By Crystal Havner Special to the Sun-Gazette FARMERSVILLE – After passing their tax on cannabis whole sellers last month, the Farmersville City Council was forced to decide how much to actually tax […]

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Central Valley citrus growers welcome cooler temperatures while Ventura battles wildfire

@TheSunGazette EXETER – While Southern California residents wish for rain drops to smother the fires raging through their cities, locals welcomed near freezing temperatures to sweeten the crop in orange groves surrounding their towns. In the Tulare County, freezing temperatures made a brief appearance last week dipping to a low of 29 degrees on Dec. 6 […]

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