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Canal plans to bypass subsidence with 30-mile parallel path

Friant Water Authority proposes building parallel canal to Friant-Kern Canal along 30 miles in southern Tulare County By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service TULARE COUNTY – As the old saying goes, if you can’t go through something, go around it. And at an estimated cost of $357 million, the Friant Water Authority (FWA) is contemplating […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending August 31, 2019

SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton fields are in full bloom and bolls are filling. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled. Corn for silage is being cut and fall crops are growing nicely. Black-eyed beans are maturing and drying in fields.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Mature stone fruit continues to be […]

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Farm economy slumps with China, President Trump tariffs

Agriculture and ag interest groups express frustrations over impacts of trade war between U.S. and China By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea News Service CENTRAL VALLEY – California dairy farmers like those raising many other crops are running out of patience with President Trump’s 2-year trade war as prices slump lower. You could feel […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending August 24, 2019

SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Cotton fields are in full bloom and bolls are filling. Alfalfa hay continues to be cut and baled. Corn for silage and related summer row crops are being harvested, and land is being fertilized in preparation for the next crop. Dried beans are being shipped to Southern California. Black-eyed beans […]

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How the Valley responds when ICE comes to town

All eight San Joaquin Valley counties said they do not assist with immigration enforcement  By Kaitlin Washburn  @KWashy12 TULARE COUNTY – As immigration enforcement continues to ramp up throughout the United States, a California labor law firm warned employers about “silent” immigration raids targeting workplaces in the state.  Two weeks ago, in Mississippi, immigration agents raided […]

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Guest Editorial: Renewable energy funds available for farmers and rural businesses

By Cody Smith Center for Rural Affairs In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced more than $400 million available for farmers and rural business owners under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP, a farm bill program, provides financing for energy efficiency upgrades like insulation, lighting, and HVAC systems. Renewable energy systems […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending August 17, 2019

Small grains, other field crops: Cotton fields are in full bloom and bolls are filling. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled with some fields on their third cutting. Corn for silage is being cut. Processed horse feed is being exported to Japan.   Deciduous tree fruits, nuts and grapes: Mature stone fruit continues to […]

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Reservoirs sit well above average in late summer months

Full reservoirs spell good news for farmers and fish as noted in the Friant Water Authorities report to contractors By John Lindt Sierra 2 the Sea news service CALIFORNIA – The driest years on record continue to get farther and farther in the rearview mirror as reservoirs fill to the brim.  California’s water masters have […]

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Tulare Irrigation District applies for groundwater grant

By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE – The Tulare Irrigation District is seeking a grant to develop a groundwater exchange market with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The grant would determine the viability of a water market for the Kaweah subbasin, which would involve the groundwater sustainability agencies managing the subbasin: Mid-Kaweah, Greater Kaweah and East […]

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