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Crop Row

Sheep visits muttually beneficial for alfalfa farmers, ranchers This time of year it is common to see sheep grazing in dormant alfalfa hay fields. The practice benefits both the alfalfa farmers and the sheep ranchers. According to University of California Cooperative Extension advisors, lambing season typically takes place in the fall and winter, and the […]

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Deductions that could dramatically cut your tax bill

For all the talk about taxes during the “fiscal cliff” debate at the end of 2012, many people are still left wondering what it means to them as the April 15 filing date approaches.- “’Is it a big deal? Or is it business as usual?’ are questions I’m hearing,” says Scott Halliwell, a certified financial […]

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Down To Business

Exeter Chamber holds monthly mixer Feb. 21 Tricia Kirksey Real Estate, 251 E. Pine St. in Exeter, will play host to the Exeter Chamber of Commerce’s monthly mixer from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Mixers are a great opportunity to catch up with friends, network with other local business owners and win prizes, just […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

For the week ending Feb. 16, 2013 Small grains and other field crops: Irrigated grain fields are showing good development, and benefiting from warming temperatures. Dry land wheat and oat plantings have emerged and are in need of additional rainfall. Alfalfa fields affected by recent freezing temperatures are emerging from dormancy and starting to show […]

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Non-profit builds better housing in the foothills

It has always been difficult for low-income families to find standard housing in the rural towns of Tulare County. It’s the reason Self Help Enterprises was born out of a project to help migrant laborers in Goshen more than four decades ago. Many private companies have entered the market since then as more families dip […]

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Hoping For A Growth Spurt

Elodina Dominguez understands how important it is for parents to have reliable daycare. As a farm laborer with four children, she always dreaded a phone call early in the morning just before she was ready to leave for work. Without the means to pay for daycare and before preschools, people had to rely on friends, […]

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Down To Business

Exeter Chamber holds monthly mixer Feb. 21 Tricia Kirksey Real Estate, 251 E. Pine St. in Exeter, will play host to the Exeter Chamber of Commerce’s monthly mixer from 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21. Mixers are a great opportunity to catch up with friends, network with other local business owners and win prizes, just […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

For the week ending Feb. 9, 2013. Small grains and other field crops: Small grains and other dryland crops continue to be irrigated due to the lack of rain. Winter forage crops are maturing well for dairy farmers. Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and grapes: Sprays are being applied in early tree fruit varieties. Pruning continues […]

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Crop Row

Challenges await beginning farmers Many Americans interested in starting a farm or ranch find themselves working multiple jobs to save up enough money to purchase their own land. According to the US Agriculture Department, the number of beginning farmers and ranchers has declined over the past two decades, with access to land and capital noted […]

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Guest Editorial: Ag Crime Is Top Priority

As we celebrate the 46th annual World Ag Expo, our vibrant agricultural community shines in a worldwide spotlight. Tulare County is the second largest producer of agricultural commodities in the nation. We produce over $5 billion annually in nut and fruit crops, livestock, and dairy. Every citizen in our county is connected to agriculture in […]

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