Agriculture

APNewsBreak: California unveils strictest rules on pesticide 


It will cost the state's strawberry growers an estimated $20 million to buy upgraded tarps to cover their crops to comply with new standards for the use of a certain pesticde in California.(AP) — California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce.

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Olive growers group seeks committee nominations

The California Olive Committee (COC) is seeking nominees to serve as producer members and alternate members for the upcoming term.

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Deal may end long dispute over contaminated land

(AP) — A California water district that is the country's largest says it has reached a deal with the federal government in a decades-long dispute over thousands of acres of contaminated land.

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California citrus avoids damaging cold

(AP) — Citrus growers in California's San Joaquin Valley say potentially damaging cold failed to materialize overnight.

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Year in Review: Agriculture

Local nurseries remained busy this year despite the drought. Almonds, such as these young trees in Fresno County, were a popular choice.For all the attention the California drought has brought to the San Joaquin Valley, local growers undoubtedly find themselves in the same situation they were in this time last year, if not worse.

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Farmers brace for labor shortage under new policy 


(AP) — Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from deportation.

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Five Points seed co. buys DuPont alfalfa operation

S&W Seed Co.'s seed cleansing and processing facility in Five Points, Calif.S&W Seed Co. of Five Points announced that it has acquired DuPoint Pioneer's alfalfa production and research facility assets, making it the global leader in alfalfa seed.

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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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