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California co-ops join forces to connect milk buyers and sellers

California Dairies Inc. and Dairy Farmers of America create joint marketing agency to promote raw milk in the state @TheSunGazette VISALIA – California’s largest milk producer is partnering with one of the nation’s largest milk suppliers to concentrate on the sales, marketing and transportation of raw milk in California.  On July 10, Visalia-based California Dairies, […]

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Guest Editorial: Cover crops harvest date moved to Sept. 1

By Kate Hansen Center for Rural Affairs In a win for both farmers and conservation efforts, this year’s cover crops final harvest date has been shifted to Sept. 1. This new date applies to silage, haylage, and baleage in addition to haying and grazing. The announcement comes after members of Congress took action to defend […]

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Tulare County Crop Report week ending July 13, 2019

SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Recently planted corn for silage continues to mature. Black-eyed beans continue to mature. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled.   DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: The stone fruit season is in full swing. Peaches are being exported to Canada, Brazil, Mexico, […]

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State puts best foot forward to stomp out citrus disease

Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee releases first endorsement of best practices to prevent the spread of fatal tree disease huanglongbing By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY – The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee endorsed a set of best practices on how to combat huanglongbing (HLB), a disease that devastates citrus orchards. The recommendations were […]

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Sheriff’s Office arrests Exeter man for grand theft

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office uses ag theft deterrent SmartWater to nab Juan Castaneda for grand theft @TheSunGazette EXETER – Catching a criminal red handed is a tough thing to do, that’s why the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office opted for yellow instead. On Monday, July 1, TCSO Ag Crimes detectives served a warrant at a home […]

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Rabobank launches new ag lending brand

Visalia is among 10 locations across California to open as Rabo AgriFinance @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A new yet somewhat familiar ag lender opened its doors in Visalia on July 1. Signs on the door featured the recognizable blue and orange logo icon of Rabobank, though the name is now slightly different: Rabo AgriFinance, which is […]

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Pesticide program aims to stop sharpshooter spread

Ag Commissioner’s Office says there have been no reports of human illness in program’s 21-year history  By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – Pests and the diseases they carry are a constant threat to the livelihoods of agricultural communities.  For grape growers, glassy-winged sharpshooters can devastate entire vineyards thanks to the bacteria the pest carries, Pierce’s Disease.  […]

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Guest Editorial: State’s Utility Mandate Is a Solution in Search of a Problem

By Steve Worthley Californians for Balanced Energy Solutions As the state of California hurtles toward adopting a building decarbonization policy that mandates electricity as the sole source of power, it is increasingly important that we pay attention to this issue and make our voices heard before the state heedlessly makes a decision that will have […]

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63 farmworkers exposed to pesticides on vineyard

Workers began feeling nauseous, vomiting while tending grapes in the Dinuba area By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 DINUBA – Farm workers were allegedly exposed to pesticides last week while working on a vineyard west of Dinuba. Three were sent to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia for nausea and vomiting following the June 18 incident. First responders […]

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Rainfall brings higher returns for ranchers

California cattlemen are seeing higher returns thanks to rainfall that produced plentiful grasses for livestock grazing By Ching Lee California Farm Bureau CENTRAL VALLEY – This winter’s rainfall my have wreaked havoc on cherries, and rescheduled harvests for other crops, but it’s been a boon to ranchers. Thanks to abundant rainfall, which produced plentiful grasses […]

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