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Orange season was “one of the worst” says Valley trade group

Trade war, small size fruit and flood of imports added up to doom and gloom in 2018 and 2019 produce year By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service EXETER – “The 2018-2019 navel orange season will go down in history as one of the worst seasons outside of a major freeze year,” says Exeter-based California Citrus […]

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California Dairies appoints Brad Anderson new CEO

Brad Anderson to move from chief operating officer to CEO in early 2020, less than 18 months after joining Cal Dairies By Kaitlin Washburn @Kwashy12 VISALIA – California Dairies, Inc. recently announced that Brad Anderson will be the cooperative’s new president and CEO. Anderson, who currently serves as COO for California Dairies, will start Jan. […]

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 New natural gas facility converts cow poop to power

New natural gas facility converts cow poop to power. Is the equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road every year. Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 TULARE COUNTY — In California’s ongoing effort to slow climate change, the state’s dairy industry is reckoning with the reality of how cow patties contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. The industry […]

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Tulare County Crop Report

SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Corn for silage continues to mature, with some fields being harvested. Black-eyed beans are sizing up and pods are drying. Cotton continues to be irrigated and cultivated. Alfalfa continues to be cut and baled. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: The stone fruit season continues. Peaches are being exported to […]

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Guest Editorial: Farmers count on neighbors to shop at markets

By Rhea Landholm Center for Rural Affairs Some family farms have been feeding our neighbors for more than 100 years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Katie Jantzen is one such farmer. The fifth generation on her family farm, she grows produce, some of it to sell at farmers markets. Farmers […]

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Funding bill puts millions toward drinking water

Gov. Gavin Newsom signs SB 200 providing an annual $130 million to safe and affordable drinking water @TheSunGazette SANGER – Governor Gavin Newsom visited the Valley for the fifth time in his early governorship, this time to sign a key piece of legislation that will help valley communities gain access to safe drinking water.  Senate […]

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El Diamante student McKenna Salazar makes living on YouTube sharing her teenage life

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – In her last semester before graduating from El Diamante High School, McKenna Salazar knew she was going to have to get a job this summer. What she didn’t know is how lucrative her everyday life could be by not getting a typical teenage, part-time gig. In January she launched […]

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Musco Olive reaches capacity for new contracts

Musco Family Olive Co. offers 10-year contracts to many growers dropped by Bell-Carter Foods @TheSunGazette TRACY – What could have been a complete loss for Central Valley olive farmers is now looking like one of the best ripe olive crops in decades. On July 25, Musco Family Olive Co. announced it has reached its capacity […]

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Three Rivers hotel closer to start line

Residents voice concerns with water, climate change, tax rebate surrounding Sequoia Resort and Spa By Anthony Ferranti Reporting for The Sun-Gazette THREE RIVERS – The Three Rivers Memorial Building was packed last Wednesday night for a town hall meeting with an agenda full of local issues. The largest project, in both scope and interest, was […]

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Visalia site plan review points to a second In-N-Out location

By John Lindt and Paul Myers @TheSunGazette VISALIA – Last week’s news that a site plan review filing included a second In-N-Out confirmed that people are crazy about their burgers. A comment from In-N-Out’s Vice President of Real Estate and Development, Carl Arena, also confirmed the organization is hopeful about a second location in town. […]

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