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Lawmakers push for citrus to be included in U.S./China trade deal

The two countries are approaching a deal that could end a months-long trade war Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 CENTRAL VALLEY – Last week, three California congressmen sent a letter encouraging the Trump administration to ensure citrus products are included in a tentative trade deal between China and the United States.  The U.S. and China have been working […]

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Women’s wellness is heart of the Farmworker Women’s Conference

Attendees learned about the wide variety of services available to them and their families Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 VISALIA – Hundreds of women filled the Visalia Convention Center for the annual Farmworker Women’s Conference on Health, Safety, Employment, Education and Environment, a free event focused on the plight of women farm workers.  Attendees had the opportunity to […]

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Farmersville considers industrial hemp ban

The city, which legalized commercial cannabis, took no action on hemp at a recent meeting Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 FARMERSVILLE – The city of Farmersville is considering banning the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp, which was federally legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill.  The concerns the city has with hemp cultivation are the lack of federal, […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending November 2, 2019

Small grains, other field crops: Late Black-eyed bean plantings are being harvested. Fields are being tilled and pre-irrigated for winter forage and grain crops. Winter grain crop planting has started. Some fields are being laser leveled for better irrigation. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled on an ongoing basis. Cotton harvest is in […]

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Local farm groups back new immigration bill

Central Valley groups coalesce to support compromise House of Representatives bill providing legal status to farmworkers currently in the U.S. By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea News Service CENTRAL VALLEY – Fresno-based Nisei Farmers League, Valley farm bureaus and California Citrus Mutual are supporting a new compromise bill being introduced in the House of Representatives […]

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Local farm groups back new immigration bill

By John Lindt Sierra2theSea.com CENTRAL VALLEY – Fresno-based Nisei Farmers League, Valley Farm Bureaus and Citrus Mutual are supporting a new compromise bill being introduced in the House of Representatives that would allow undocumented farmworkers working in the US now to gain legal status along with their spouses and children. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Chair of […]

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Lali Moheno champions women farm workers’ wellness, rights

The 20th Farmworker Women’s Conference, Lali Moheno’s brainchild, is Friday Nov. 1 Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY – Lali Moheno threatened to divorce her husband when he wanted to move to Visalia for a new job.  She was happy with their life in Ventura, Calif. She loved her job and the community. Plus, she didn’t have […]

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California’s largest cattle ranch is for sale in Three Rivers

The Elliott Land and Cattle Company spans 24,000 acres from north fork of Kaweah River to the Valley floor @TheSunGazette THREE RIVERS – If you’re looking to fulfill the dream of having a home on the range, you can’t find more wide-open spaces in one place than the Three Rivers areas. Bustling rivers, birds overhead, and […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending October 26, 2019

SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Late Black-eyed bean plantings are being harvested. Most summer row crops have now been harvested. Fields are being tilled and pre-irrigated for winter forage and grain crops. Winter grain crop planting has started. Some fields are being laser leveled for better irrigation. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled […]

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Tariff relief from Japan amid China trade war

California’s citrus industry will benefit from Japan cutting tariffs on 90% of all U.S. ag products Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12  EXETER – Japan recently agreed to cut tariffs on agricultural and industrial products from the U.S. under a new deal between the two countries.  The agreement, which was announced by President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister […]

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