Agriculture

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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Tulare County firm builds solution for odd-shaped produce

Exeter Engineering has developed the Sidewinder, a produce-sorting machine that uses a high-speed, high-definition camera and LED lighting system for sorting irregular shaped vegetables such as bell peppers.The difficulties commercial packinghouses have had in sorting odd-shaped fruits and vegetables may be a thing of the past.

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After 78 years, Fresno trade group changes name

The Fresno-based California Grape & Tree Fruit League has officially changed its name to the California Fresh Fruit Association after 78 years.

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Warm weather sparks early grape, almond harvest

A crew with Fowler Packing harvests and bags flame grapes last week week, facing temperatures eclipsing 100 degrees. Photo by Chuck Harvey A warm, dry spring has expedited harvests of two of the most valuable Valley crops, grapes and almonds.

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Growers eye potential fallout of Russia export ban

Pistachios are among the local products exported to Russia, which recently moved to ban all Western food exports.Russia's decision to ban most food exports from the West isn't likely to shakeup local growers of popular export products too much.

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Progress made in Pierce's Disease fight

The battle continues, but state ag officials and grape growers have managed to control glassy-winged sharpshooters and prevent spread of Pierce’s Disease, which can wipe out vineyards on a massive basis.

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