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Illegal dumping plagues rural California

Farmers continue to deal with a myriad of garbage from mattresses to appliances dumped on their property By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau CENTRAL VALLEY – Rural land and roadsides have become dumping grounds. Old mattresses, sofas, appliances, tires and household garbage are routinely dumped along the sides of rural roadways, causing an unsightly mess […]

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State spends $39 mil. to protect citrus

Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention’s annual report details efforts to protect California citrus from deadly citrus disease huanlongbing (HLB) By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – Protecting one of Tulare County’s top crops from its deadliest pest is a statewide effort that costs millions. But doing nothing, as a new report points out, would cost the […]

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Blueberry harvest starts slowly, volumes recover

Harvest to market for blueberries is between 7 and 10 days behind schedule according to grower By Ching Lee California Farm Bureau CALIFORNIA – Blueberry farmers hoping to capture some of the early-season market when less supply lifts prices are slowed by cooler weather, which has delayed harvest. Though they expect to market more volume […]

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Sun-Gazette ready to Report for America

Kaitlin Washburn of Columbia, Mo. is among 61 Report for America corps members placed in 50 local newsrooms across the country @TheSunGazette EXETER — At the beginning of this year, The Sun-Gazette announced it was one of just three weekly newsrooms to be selected for Report for America, a national service program that places talented […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending April 27, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Wheat and alfalfa crops continue to mature well. Silage crops are being cut. Forage crops will soon be ready to be cut for hay or silage. Cover crops planted between rows in orchards are being incorporated into the soil. Corn and cotton continue to be planted. Calf starter pellets […]

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County outlines Opportunity Zones and Enhanced Infrastructural Financing Districts for future development

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN TULARE COUNTY – The American economy, and even economies at the local level are experiencing a huge boon. What Tulare County is trying to do now, is capitalize on the upswing. And last month the Tulare County Board of Supervisors accepted their economic report that has been months in the making. The […]

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Visalia Craft Beer Festival at Mooney Grove, Taco Truck Challenge at Visalia Mall are both this Saturday

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – One of the best parts about spring is the variety of events being held every weekend. The worst part about spring, aside from seasonal allergies, is deciding which events to attend. This weekend, locals will be faced with the decision of drinking delicious craft beer at the park or sampling tasty tacos […]

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Farm Bureau names ag award winners at May 7 dinner

Agriculturist, Agribusiness of the Year, Service to Farm Bureau and Outstanding Educator award winners will be honored May 7 in Tulare @TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – If agriculture is the engine that drives our economy, then the Tulare County Farm Bureau’s annual award winners are the engineers pulling the levers in the right directions. Tulare County […]

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Valley foundation offers $5K to local filmmakers

Central Valley Community Foundation is offering $5,000 grants to 10 filmmakers to capture inspiring people and places of the Valley @TheSunGazette FRESNO – The Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF) is now accepting applications for its third annual The Big Tell film competition featuring stories of California’s Central Valley. CVCF is awarding 10 grants of $5,000 to […]

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Tweens and teens give Five Below a leg up

Discount retailer holds grand opening in Visalia, will hold grand opening in Bakersfield next month, has plans to open two more in Fresno  @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Discount retailers continue to thrive in the Central Valley and they don’t have to carry items less than $1, it just needs to be under $5. Five Below, a […]

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