Agriculture

Assessor floats changes to Fresno County’s Williamson Act

Fresno County Assessor Paul Dictos spends a lot of time thinking about the Williamson Act, and he believes he has found a way to make it work better for family farmers.

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Report, in a nutshell: Almonds bring $21B to California

A new report has found that almonds pack a wallop to the state's economy of $21 billion.Almonds create about 104,000 jobs and generate more than $21 billion in gross revenue for California, according to a new study from the University of California Agricultural Issues Center (AIC).

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Valley seminars to discuss tax exemptions for ag

George RunnerCalifornia Board of Equalization Member George Runner will be co-sponsoring a series of seminars throughout the San Joaquin Valley in December highlighting tax exemptions for the agriculture industry.

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Drive nets $70K for Community Food Bank

Gar Tootelian, Inc. and several local media outlets announced this week that they raised more than $70,000 and two tons of food for the Community Food Bank. 

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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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