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Crop Report

For week ending Dec. 8, 2012 Small grains and other field crops: Cotton harvest is complete. Harvested cotton continues to be shredded, and the fields plowed in compliance with the December 20th cotton plow down deadline. Winter grain and winter forage crops continue to be planted, with some wheat already having germinated and emerged from […]

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Majority of California farmers saw labor shortages

Nearly one-third of farmers responding to a California Farm Bureau survey said they experienced employee shortages of between 10% and 30% this year. Nearly two-thirds of farmers who responded to a survey by the California Farm Bureau Federation said they experienced challenges finding enough employees to tend and harvest crops in 2012. Farm Bureau released […]

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Citrus Variety

The University of California Lindcove Research and Extension Center is hosting its annual Citrus Fruit Display and Tasting event on Dec. 14-15. Lindcove has been featured in California Country’s 30-minute weekly television broadcast produced by the California Farm Bureau Federation about the people, places and lifestyles that have made California the nation’s largest food-producing state. […]

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Down To Business

Exeter Kiwanis sells See’s Candies The Exeter Kiwanis Club has a sweet deal for the holidays – buy candy and help kids. The Kiwanis Club is selling See’s Candies during Exeter’s 21st annual Christmas Christmas Open House from 5-9 pm on Thursday, Dec. 13 and 20 in downtown Exeter. Kiwanians will be selling the candy on […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

For week ending Dec. 1, 2012 Small grains and other field crops: Alfalfa fields continue to grow, as harvesting has slowed. Winter grain and winter forage crops continue to be planted and wait for the forecasted rain. Cotton harvest is nearly complete with harvested fields being shredded and plowed for pink bollworm control. Deciduous tree […]

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Christmas past closing

Exeter Downtown Merchants kicked off the Christmas season with their 21st annual Christmas Open House. The first Open House was held on Thursday, Nov. 29, , and not even a little rain could slow down the fun. Families flocked to Mixter Park for a chance to sit with the Santa. Top: Santa reads a letter […]

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A Charming Christmas

The smell of warm apple cider and fresh baked cookies wafts through the streets of the small town. Men stand beneath street lights catching up on local news while their wives are drawn to the window displays of Main Street. An antique fire truck sounds the siren as children hang off the sides waving to […]

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Lindsay juice plant changing hands

Tulare County farmer Tommy Elliott has confirmed the sale of the family’s long time citrus juice business in Lindsay. Tommy, who has taken over the family business from his father Tokkie Elliott, says the juice plant has been sold to LA-based Vita-Pakt Citrus Products this month. “We’re one of the last of the breed of […]

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Sweepstakes scam cleaning out residents

Recently some Tulare County residents have been receiving mailers as part of a scheme to defraud them. In these matters the victim receives a letter with a check in the mail stating they won a lottery or sweepstakes; it may even state it is from the Publisher’s Clearinghouse or Reader’s Digest. The letter instructs the […]

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