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1 in 6 people get food poisoning each year

COS Training Resource Center awarded specialty crop grant @TheSunGazette TULARE – About 48 million people in the U.S. (1 in 6) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a significant public health burden that is […]

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Local water expert Dave Schafer to receive lifetime award

Dick Schafer to be honored by the Association of California Water Agencies @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Richard Schafer will be honored later this month with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of California Water Agencies. Schafer has been the principal and consulting engineer with R.L. Schafer & Associates in Visalia since 1961. He has had […]

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ACP found in Tulare County, HLB disease not found

California Citrus Mutual announced the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids in Visalia but no greening disease has been identified @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Scientists and farmers alike have been working diligently over the last half decade to rid themselves on the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and the greening disease Huanglongbing (HLB) it can spread. The disease […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Fields are being prepared for planting of winter forage crops. Alfalfa is still being cut and baled in some locations. Harvested cotton fields are being shredded and disked under. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Late season plums are being exported to Mexico and British Colombia. Pistachio and Almond […]

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Ag commissioner announces open walnut-buying period

@TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – Get your nuts this Friday. Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner Marilyn Wright announced last week the walnut-buying period will begin this Friday, Nov. 9 as the County’s nut theft ordinance continues to be enforced. “Commercial production and handling of walnuts constitute an important industry here in Tulare County” Wright said. “Unfortunately, some […]

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Western Milling to pay $2.4 mil. in settlement with horse owners

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN GOSHEN – A Tulare County feed producer has agreed to pay $2.4 million to settle a lawsuit over contaminated product that killed or severely injured 50 horses in the Central Valley. “Western Milling has yet to apologize to plaintiffs regarding this terrible tragedy, but has agreed to pay $2.4 Million in […]

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TULARE COUNTY CROP REPORT

For the week ending November 3, 2018 SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton continues to be harvested, with fields being picked and baled throughout the county. Summer row crops are all but harvested, and fields are being tilled, fertilized, and prepared for winter plantings. Alfalfa baling for hay continues. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

For the week ending October 27, 2018 SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton continues to be harvested with fields being picked and baled throughout the county. Summer row crops are all but harvested and fields are being tilled, fertilized, and prepared for winter plantings. Alfalfa baling for hay continues. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: […]

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Crop Row: Active farmland helps replenish groundwater

Active farmland helps replenish groundwater In orchards, vineyards and fields around California, farmers are spreading water on their land in projects aimed at replenishing underground aquifers. Researchers monitoring the projects want to be sure they benefit groundwater without harming crops. The projects aim is to take advantage of water when it’s available by storing it […]

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Almonds shake the dust off with new tech

Low-dust machinery aids almond harvest, air quality in the San Joaquin Valley By Kevin Hecteman California Farm Bureau SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY – As California farmers work to harvest a record-sized almond crop, they say efforts to make the job less dusty are showing results. Jonathan Cloward tried a low-dust harvester last year, and liked it […]

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