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Tulare County Farm Bureau honors members, leaders at 101st annual meeting

@TheSunGazette TULARE – An organization is nothing without two things, their faithful members and their righteous leaders. And at last night’s 101st Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner, the Tulare County Farm Bureau celebrated both.  Held the Heritage Complex in Tulare on May 1, Tulare County Farm Bureau (TCFB) presented their highest honor, Agriculturalist of the Year, […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending April 28

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is still being planted as weather and soil conditions allow. Some fields are emerging. Winter wheat and oats are being cut, dried, and baled. Alfalfa is maturing and harvest has started. Ground preparation is continuing for spring forage and row crops. Cover crops are being incorporated into the […]

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Water Board releases plan to address salt contamination

Regional Water Quality Control Board is taking public comments on its CV-SALTS draft through May 7 @TheSunGazette SACRAMENTO – The San Joaquin Valley has long been among the world’s leaders in agriculture production and technological and biological advancements have allowed an area that represents less than 1% of the nation’s total farmland to account for […]

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Water Authority calls for increased allocations

The San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority say CVP contractors deserve greater allocations after “wettest year on record”  @TheSunGazette  LOS BANOS – The United States Bureau of Reclamation issued their updated allocation for south-of-Delta Central Valley Project (CVP) agricultural water service contractors last week, and some are none-to-pleased.  According to a statement issued by the San […]

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Scientists say cure for citrus greening ‘unlikely’

National Academy of Sciences report says pest management is best defense from HLB By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – There has never been more money and resources dedicated to finding a cure for the fatal tree disease known as citrus greening than there will be this year, yet scientists suggest that a cure may never come. […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending April 21

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is still being planted as weather and soil conditions allow. Some fields are emerging. Winter wheat and oats enjoyed the latest rains, growth is excellent. Alfalfa is maturing and harvest has started. Ground preparation is continuing for spring forage and row crops. Cover crops are being incorporated into […]

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Owner of AAA Quality Services expresses interest in constructing a warehouse for marijuana cultivators

By Crystal Havner Special to the Sun-Gazette FARMERSVILLE – Farmersville residents and drivers are looking forward to the end of the construction on Visalia Road, but the City Council is looking ahead to new developments on north Farmersville Boulevard. At their April 9 meeting, the Council discussed the possibilities that lie ahead on the north […]

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Department of Labor secures judgments for farmworker safety

Actions spurred by fatal 2015 crash involving grower’s farm labor contractor @TheSunGazette FRESNO – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued one grower and their labor contractor for being jointly responsible for a June 2015 crash that took the lives of four farmworkers including a 16-year-old minor. After a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and […]

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McWane, Inc. has dramatically improved its safety record since damming 2003 investigation

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN EXETER – Waterman Industries announced last month that the company was sold to McWane, Inc., the nation’s largest pipe manufacturing company. The Sun-Gazette covered the sale in a March 14 article titled, “Waterman Industries acquired by McWane, Inc.” The article also included a brief history of McWane’s questionable safety record, which was […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for week ending April 7

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn is still being planted as weather and soil conditions allow. Winter wheat and oats are enjoying the latest rains, growth is excellent. Ground preparation is continuing for spring row crops. Black-eyed beans are being exported to Korea and Malaysia. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Vineyards are leafing-out. […]

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