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Dairy farm closures continue to rise

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has denied a request for an emergency hearing to consider temporarily raising the price of milk paid to California dairy farmers and other changes to the state milk pricing formula. Citing the financial plight of dairy farmers and current escalating feed prices, Western United Dairymen petitioned the hearing […]

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Ag workers learn to turn sun into funds

Proteus, Inc. has been awarded a grant by La Cooperativa, through funding from the State’s Employment Development Department, to provide solar photovoltaic training to dislocated agriculture workers in Tulare, Kings, and Fresno Counties.  The funding will allow Proteus’s William M. Maguy School of Education the opportunity to train up to 109 agriculture industry customers in […]

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VCB seeks historic photos for calendar

Visalia Community Bank has announced the deadline to submit historic photographs for its annual calendar contest. Tulare County residents have until Thursday, Sept. 14, to submit entries. Twelve historical photographs will be selected to showcase in Visalia Community Bank’s 2013 Community Calendar. Photographs should depict Tulare County between 1850 and 1965 (family portraits excluded). The […]

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Breaking the Ice Cream

Joel Enciso has found a cure for two of Lindsay’s biggest problems – ice cream. With record summer temperatures and the rising number of obese children, Enciso offers local children a solution for both with his 100%, all-natural fruit flavored ice cream. Enciso opened his Helados Jalisco ice cream shop in March after moving from […]

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Don’t let hackers log into your life

BBB is alerting consumers of a phone scam in which the caller claims to be from Microsoft. In an effort to gain remote control access to the victim’s computer, the caller offers to solve the consumer’s computer problems or sell them a license for software. Once cybercriminals have gained a victim’s trust, they can do […]

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Hispanic business leaders need to establish a succession plan

Starting a business is no small endeavor, with financial, organizational and marketing challenges thrown at entrepreneurs from the get-go. Those challenges can be even greater for Hispanic business owners who often face a lack of necessary resources. The number of U.S. businesses owned by Hispanics increased to 2.3 million between 2002 and 2007, according to […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

For the week ending August 18, 2012. Small grains and other field crops: Alfalfa continues to be dried and bailed; most growers are on their fourth cutting. Cotton fields are still in bloom, bolls show good development. Some silage corn fields have reached maturity and are being harvested. Cotton, corn, and bean fields continue to […]

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Dollar Store Wars Hit Home

The Farmersville Planning Commission on Aug. 15 will hear a proposal to build a 20,000 square foot outlet for fast growing retailer Dollar General who wants to build on Farmersville Blvd, behind Jack N The Box. Dollar General would locate right across the street from the new 8000 sf Family Dollar store in town that […]

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Tulare Co. Habitat for Humanity gets $140K

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced last week awards from the CalHome General Program totaling more than $14 million to be used for first time homebuyer mortgage assistance loans and owner occupied rehabilitation loans. Over 16 different localities and non-profit housing organizations throughout the State received awards, covering rural as well […]

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