Agriculture

California farmers challenge drought cutbacks

(AP) — Farmers in California's Central Valley are going to court to challenge the division of water during the state's ongoing drought.

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Chowchilla co. signs farm labor agreement

Chowchilla-based Agriland Farming Company signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor today ensuring fair standards for workers.

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Sanger livestock genetics bank truly a global effort

Plans call for the genetic information for nearly 4,000 livestock breeds to be housed at a planned facility in Sanger. They include poultry, cattle, sheep, working breed dogs, rabbits, horses, camels and domesticated insects. A United Nations sponsored animal genetic research facility could open in Fresno County within the next two years. The non-profit conservation facility will house livestock breeds from more than 100 nations, bring world-class scientists to the area and offer training opportunities to local veterinarian students.

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HMC Farms, John Harris to receive ag awards

Al Smith, president and CEO of the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, announced Harris Ranch owner John Harris as the 2014 Agriculturalist of the Year.HMC Farms of Kingsburg and John Harris, owner of Harris Ranch in Coalinga, were named the 2014 Ag Business of the Year and 2014 Agriculturalist this morning.

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CRU to host Oct. 11 grape stomp

The CRU Wine Company is hosting its Fifth Annual Grape Stomp on Oct. 11. The event will be from 12-3 p.m. and is open to the public. 

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Likely pesticide ban could lead to almond pests

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation will likely ban some chemicals that are high in volatile organic compounds, including pesticides used on almonds, pistachios, walnuts, citrus, grapes, alfalfa and cotton.

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Livestock genetics group taps Fresno County for HQ

A global initiative to conserve the genetics of heritage livestock animals has announced it would like to make Fresno County its new headquarters. 

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Netafim driplines to be used in pivot systems

T-L Irrigation's center pivot irrigation systemNetafim USA of Fresno announced an agreement with Nebraska-based T-L Irrigation that will see the company's driplines watering fields from inside a pivot irrigation system.

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Madera County crop value jumps to $1.89B

Almonds were the top crop in Madera County for the fourth year in a row.Madera County released its 2013 crop report this week, showing gross ag value growing by 9 percent over the year before to $1.89 billion.

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Irrigators ask judge to cut off water for salmon

(AP) — Water providers in California's Central Valley are asking a federal judge to stop releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

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