Agriculture

US announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions 


(AP) — Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

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Nursery under scrutiny over mystery pistachio ailment

The pistachio industry is concerned about a mystery ailment affecting young trees propagated as clones by Duarte Nursery near Modsto.Scientists say bacteria found its way into clonal-propagated pistachio tree rootstock from Duarte Nursery, one of the largest tree nurseries in California.

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Can government squeeze raisin growers? Justices have doubts

(AP) — A post-World War II-era program that forces raisin producers to give part of their annual crop to the government could soon be a relic of history.

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Netafim to open new Fresno distribution center

Drip irrigation manufacturer and distributor Netafim is expanding its Fresno-based operations with the opening of a new 102,000-square-foot distribution center at 1550 North Peach Ave.

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Water commission to meet Wednesday in Fresno

The California Water Commission will hold a public meeting Wednesday in Fresno to provide an update on the California water bond.

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Organic milk shortage spurs price hikes

The U.S. is currently experiencing an organic milk shortage, though few Valley dairies are set up for organic production.A revolution is quietly underway in the dairy aisle of your local supermarket.

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Fresno State event will honor six Valley women

The 19th annual Common Threads luncheon will recognize six San Joaquin Valley women for their agricultural, philanthropic and community service.

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Processors adopt radio frequency tech for safer food

Sran Family Orchards of Kerman farms organic almonds and just opened a new processing plant. Sran recently purchased two, 125-foot-long APEX System pasteurizers and is in the process of installing them this month.A Sacramento company wants to change the way farmers ensure food safety.

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USDA proposes definition of farming, limiting some subsidies

(AP) — The government is revising its definition of what it means to farm, meaning some people who receive farm subsidies but don't do any of the work would receive less government cash.

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Setton Farms announces non-GMO verification

Tulare County pistachio processor Setton Farms announced that three of its products have been officially verified as non-genetically modified organisms.

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