Agriculture

Family opens farm stand in Madera

Chase and Justin Wylie.
A big red barn along Avenue 12 west of Highway 41 in Madera is actually a new farm stand, opened by the Wylie farming family.

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Gerawan Farming raises base pay to $11 an hour

As the United Farm Workers continues its quest to represent the farm workers at Gerawan Farms, the family-owned peach and table grape grower today increased base pay for its farm workers from $10 to $11 an hour.

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In dry Central Valley, water fetching record prices

The drought has raised the price of water on the open market.(AP) — Throughout California's desperately dry Central Valley, those with water to spare are cashing in.

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Rising temperatures raise heat illness threat

A farmworker harvests grapes in the heat of the day in this file photo.Recent record-breaking high temperatures serve as a reminder that as harvest operations ramp up so will summer heat, making easy access to nearby shade and water vital to the safety of farmworkers in the fields.

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Reedley fruit shipper passes non-GMO verification

Mountain View Fruit Sales in Reedley became the first company in its industry to have its products verified as containing no genetically modified material.

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Tulare Dairy Fest planned

To celebrate National Dairy Month, the International Agri-Center has partnered with the Tulare County Dairy Women and the Tulare Chamber of Commerce to host Dairy Fest June 20-21.

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Foster Farms cuts salmonella levels

Dignitaries and special guests attended an event held today at the Modesto home of Max and Verda Foster to celebrate Foster Farms’ 75th anniversary and to hear a report on the company’s $75 million effort to reduce the threat of salmonella in poultry.

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Valley's Gold back for second season

Ryan Jacobsen conducts an interview for Valleys GoldValley PBS and the Fresno County Farm Bureau are set to air the second series of their "Valley's Gold" television series focusing on agricultural issues throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

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APNewsBreak: Federal funds for citrus greening 


(AP) — Federal agriculture officials are allocating millions of dollars toward research to solve problems caused by the devastating citrus greening bacteria.

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Vidak to speak at Tulare dairy luncheon

Andy VidakState Sen. Andy Vidak will be the keynote speaker of the Salute to Dairy Luncheon in Tulare on June 21.

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