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EU farm products face new tariffs

United States given the OK to levy taxes on European Union products in retaliation of EU subsidies By Ching Lee California Farm Bureau SACRAMENTO – Some farm groups have praised the Trump administration for its plan to place new tariffs on a variety of agricultural goods from the European Union after the U.S. won an […]

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Dairies plug into cow power

Visalia-based CalBio and Bloom Energy announce technology to convert manure into renewable electricity without combustion By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – A Visalia company is at the forefront of converting dairy waste into renewable electricity. On Oct. 10, California Bioenergy LLC (CalBio) in Visalia and Bloom Energy in San Jose announced the first commercially viable technology […]

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Citrus giant to pay $5M for defaming former employee

James Jordan said Wonderful Citrus fired him after 26 years of service and then spread rumors he had embezzled money from the company By Reggie Ellis  @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – A Tulare County man was awarded nearly $5 million in a lawsuit against the nation’s largest citrus producer.   On Oct. 10, a federal district […]

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Tulare County crop report shows gains in 2018

Dairy, citrus, grapes remain at the top Kaitlin Washburn  @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY – In 2018, Tulare County agriculture fared well overall, increasing in value by 2.5 percent, according to last year’s crop report. The industry valued at $7.2 billion in 2018. In general, Tulare County’s agricultural strength is partly thanks to the diverse types of crops […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending October 12, 2019

Small grains, other field crops: Alfalfa hay continues to be cut, dried, and baled. Corn and sorghum silage harvest is wrapping up, and fields that have been harvested are being fertilized and prepped for winter forage. Some fields are being laser leveled for better irrigation. Black-eyed beans are being harvested. Deciduous tree fruits, nuts, and […]

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Tulare County, SEIU reach labor deal

Two-year contract gives 3,226 employees a 2% raise, additional health insurance contributions By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – After a public showdown with administration over wage increases and its budgeting process, Tulare County’s largest union and employer have reached an agreement for more than 3,000 employees. At its Oct. 8 meeting, the Tulare County Board […]

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Farmersville gets $1.9M for sports park

Grant would fund amphitheater, education pavilion and playground at Farmersville Sports Park By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN FARMERSVILLE – There are a million reasons why the Farmersville Sports Park will become hub for community activity. And as of last week, there are nearly 2 million reasons. City Manager Jennifer Gomez announced on Oct. 2 that the City […]

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‘Forever’ has a future in Visalia in light of closures

Forever 21 plans to close nearly 200 stores, including Tulare and Fresno, but not Visalia @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Nothing lasts forever in merchandising, and Forever 21 has become the latest poster child for the retail apocalypse.  On Sept. 29, Forever 21, Inc. and seven of its subsidiaries filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. […]

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Citrus industry, UC Riverside rejoice over new lab to fight huanglongbing

UC Riverside opens new biosafety level-3 lab intended to make inroads to combat the proliferation of HLB in the citrus industry @TheSunGazette RIVERSIDE – Citrus growers are under constant threat. Not by trade wars or onerous state regulations, but by nearly microscopic pests that can infect one tree and in little time, an entire grove. […]

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