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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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Wet winter aids groundwater replenishment

Calif. Department of Water Resources says wells could rise 10-30 feet in certain parts of the state By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau SACRAMENTO – Heavy rains this winter will help replenish groundwater aquifers and benefit projects that use excess surface water to recharge groundwater basins. Water managers say such projects will be key to […]

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Grand theft of ag property would fund rural crime prevention programs in Central Valley, Central Coast

@TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO – A local legislator is tired of seeing criminals bite the hands that feed the nation.  Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) introduced a bill last month to help law enforcement agencies combat agriculture theft. If passed, Senate Bill 224 would create a new category for grand theft of agricultural property. SB 224 would also […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending March 9, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Recent rains have benefited wheat and alfalfa crops. Dairy forage crops are still flourishing from the additional rain. Some fields are beginning to be planted for spring silage as weather permits.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Bee hives are still being placed in almond orchards. Petal-fall on almonds […]

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Lindsay makes move on canna-biz, retail to follow

Lindsay City Council votes on first reading of new cannabis zoning and permitting while pushing for new discussion on retail  By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN LINDSAY – Lindsay City Council has been consistent when it comes to commercial cannabis in town: they would not allow it if they could not tax it, and they are not for […]

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Tulare County remains in top five agricultural counties

Tulare County agriculture hauls in more than $7 billion in agricultural production in latest 2017 reporting @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – While nobody wants to be first runner-up, Tulare County will gladly take their $7.04 billion worth of agricultural production and 10.5 percent increase in 2017 over their 2016 value and enjoy it.  The only county […]

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Lemons grow California’s export market

Lemons emerge as the new fresh market crop to grow the California export market By Jay Pederson Blueprints Magazine TULARE COUNTY – Citrus fruits represent the most important fruit tree crop in the world. This colossal industry encompasses oranges, mandarins, tangelos, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, limes, and other related fruits with production exceeding 120 million metric […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending February 16, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Winter wheat and forage fields will benefit from the continued rains. Ongoing rain will help tremendously with non-irrigated field crops.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Early stone fruit varieties continue to bloom. Stone fruit orchards continue to be pruned along, with being irrigated to protect them from recent […]

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Central Valley dairies take lead in renewable energy

SoCalGas booth at World Ag Expo shows how California dairies will begin producing renewable natural gas to meet the state’s alternative energy goals @TheSunGazette TULARE – San Joaquin Valley agriculture leaders helped host agriculture innovation at the World Ag Expo this week. And Southern California Gas Co. is there showing the rest of the world […]

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County citrus growers eligible for emergency loans

Farm Service Agency says growers have until March 18 to apply for low interest loans to help with losses from last year’s freeze @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – The deadline for local citrus farmers to apply for federal loans for losses from last year’s freeze is coming up. The Tulare County Farm Service Agency announced last […]

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