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CCM’s Nelsen to continue talking up fruit trade

Longtime CEO of California Citrus Mutual Joel Nelsen continues 12-year stint on USDA’s Fruit & Vegetable Trade Advisory Committee @TheSunGazette EXETER – A longtime Tulare County crop advocate was reappointed to the USDA’s Fruit & Vegetable Trade Advisory Committee.  Joel Nelsen, past president and strategic advisor for Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual (CCM), was reappointed to […]

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Tulare County EDC rebuilds membership

Visalia approves membership, leaving Tulare as the only city to opt out of the Tulare County Economic Development Corporation for 2019-2020 By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN VISALIA – Economy is an abstract concept. It’s the aggregate feeling of corporate CEOs, consumers, dealers and contractors about how the other is feeling. That’s not to say we can’t […]

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State’s largest dairy co-op joins nation’s largest dairy group

California Dairies Inc. in Visalia is now a member of the National Milk Producers Federation @TheSunGazette VISALIA – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) announced June 4 that California Dairies Inc, a dairy cooperative based in Visalia, will be rejoining the Federation.  California Dairies is the largest milk cooperative in California and the second largest […]

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Visalia residents concerned with Tulare County spraying controversial pesticide to control grape pest known as glassy-winged sharpshooter

Porterville treatment includes biological control with parasitic wasp while Visalia treatment includes direct application to the soil By Kaitlin Washburn @kwashy12 VISALIA – Tulare County has started spraying pesticides in residential areas in Visalia and Lindsay to combat glassy-winged sharpshooters, a non-native pest that carries a deadly grapevine disease. The sharpshooter also attacks residential and […]

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CEO of California Dairies, Inc. says he is stepping down

Andrei Mikhalevsky announces he will retire on Dec. 31; search ensues for his successor By John Lindt Sierra2theSea News Service VISALIA – The CEO of Visalia-based California Dairies is stepping down later this year. Andrei Mikhalevsky, president and chief executive officer of California Dairies Inc. (CDI) since 2012, has announced he will retire Dec. 31, […]

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Tulare County Crop Report for the week ending June 22, 2019

SMALL GRAINS AND OTHER FIELD CROPS: Alfalfa is being cut and baled. Recently planted corn for silage and Black-eyed beans are maturing. Cotton is being irrigated and cultivated.  DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: The stone fruit season is seeing exports pick up this week. Hand thinning of late varieties is still being conducted in […]

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Groundwater Sustainability Agencies still unsure over monitoring, nearing draft sustainability plan

Greater Kaweah intends to achieve five percent of sustainability plan over five years, growers encouraged to track groundwater use By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER — Measuring the water beneath our feet takes technology that looks out of this world, and pictures that actually are. As the deadline for sustainable groundwater plans draws near agencies in charge are […]

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Exeter City Council appoints Dave Hails to vacant council seat

Local realtor and recent former olive grower David Hails appointed to Council, to be sworn in on June 25 By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN EXETER —Exeter has landed on their fifth and final council member, at least until the November 2020 election. Before their meeting last week the Exeter City Council rounded out the dais on a […]

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Porterville ablaze over new pizza joint

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza opens newest fast, customized pizza brand franchise on Henderson Ave. @TheSunGazette PORTERVILLE – Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza is giving Porterville pizza fans a reason to celebrate. The leading fast casual pizza brand opened a beautiful 2,400 square foot open kitchen restaurant with 62 seats, and an exterior patio, at 1174 W. Henderson […]

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Adventure Park’s Sequoia Springs water playground is official open to the public

@TheSunGazette VISALIA – Sequoia Springs, a 42-foot water structure with four slides at Visalia Adventure Park, is now open to the public. “Water is flowing at Sequoia Springs and kids are beginning to trickle in,” said Demea Metcalf, Visit Visalia executive director. “Our team had the opportunity to be on site to see the doors […]

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