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Tulare County has seen improved air quality in the last 20 years, fairs better than other Valley counties

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Tulare County is one of the most polluted areas in the country despite improvements in air quality in the last 20 years. Bakersfield slightly edged out Tulare County for first on the list. Fresno and Los Angeles were also in the running. As part of the American Lung Association’s […]

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Illegal dumping plagues rural California

Farmers continue to deal with a myriad of garbage from mattresses to appliances dumped on their property By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau CENTRAL VALLEY – Rural land and roadsides have become dumping grounds. Old mattresses, sofas, appliances, tires and household garbage are routinely dumped along the sides of rural roadways, causing an unsightly mess […]

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State spends $39 mil. to protect citrus

Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention’s annual report details efforts to protect California citrus from deadly citrus disease huanlongbing (HLB) By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Protecting one of Tulare County’s top crops from its deadliest pest is a statewide effort that costs millions. But doing nothing, as a new report points out, would cost the […]

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Blueberry harvest starts slowly, volumes recover

Harvest to market for blueberries is between 7 and 10 days behind schedule according to grower By Ching Lee California Farm Bureau CALIFORNIA – Blueberry farmers hoping to capture some of the early-season market when less supply lifts prices are slowed by cooler weather, which has delayed harvest. Though they expect to market more volume […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending April 27, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Silage crops are being cut. Forage crops will soon be ready to be cut for hay or silage. Cover crops planted between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil. Corn and cotton continue to be planted. Calf starter pellets […]

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Farm Bureau names ag award winners at May 7 dinner

Agriculturist, Agribusiness of the Year, Service to Farm Bureau and Outstanding Educator award winners will be honored May 7 in Tulare @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – If agriculture is the engine that drives our economy, then the Tulare County Farm Bureau’s annual award winners are the engineers pulling the levers in the right directions. Tulare County […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending April 20, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Silage crops are being cut. Forage crops will soon be ready to be cut for hay or silage. Cover crops planted between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil. Calf starter pellets continues to be shipped to Qatar. Cotton […]

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Spend spring break on the farm

McKellar Family Farms in Ivanhoe offers interactive citrus farm tour April 16-19 @TheSunGazette IVANHOE –  Spring Break from school can be a parent’s nightmare. The kids are home for an entire week and you need to come up with seven days of activities to entertain them!  Fill one of those days with a fun and […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending April 6, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Silage crops are being cut. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage. Cover crops planted between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil. Calf starter pellets are being shipped to Qatar.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND […]

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Valley farmers need Sacramento to sustain water levels

As deadline approaches to become water neutral, Valley ag leaders say they must work with the state or give up control of their own water By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Sacramento law makers have shown little interest in helping the Valley solve its water problems yet the only path forward is to get them […]

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