Agriculture

California hosts congressional drought hearing

(AP) — A congressional committee met in Fresno on Wednesday, taking up California's drought crisis in the heart of the state's agricultural region.

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Pearson Realty's Hopkins completes $20M farmland sale

Bill Hopkins of Pearson Realty.
Bill Hopkins, senior vice president of Pearson Realty in Fresno, recently cashed in on prolific demand for farm acreage assured of an adequate supply of water.

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Agri-Center to host "Irish" open house

The International Agri-Center will host an open house in the AgVentures Learning Center, International Agri-Center, 4500 South Laspina St., Tulare, at 6 p.m. on March 17.

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Ag crime prevention seminar Saturday

In response to a costly rash of agricultural crimes in the Central Valley, Western Executive Protection is offering a daylong agriculture crime prevention seminar on Saturday at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.

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Grower group gives $100K for cancer prevention

Western Growers, a trade association of family farmers in Arizona and California, committed $100,000 over two years to support cancer research and prevention.

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Tulare Farm Bureau supports drought bills

Tulare County Farm Bureau Board of Directors made their support known this week for H.R.3964 and S.2016, the two current federal legislative proposals that contain different ideas on how to address drought relief in California.

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Borges to be honored at Farmer of the Year luncheon

The Kiwanis Club of Tulare will honor Rick Borges of Tulare with a Farmer of the Year luncheon at noon March 19 in the Heritage Complex in Tulare.

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Farm and Nutrition Day needs supporters

Farm and Nutrition Day at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds brings out thousands of third-grade students to learn about agriculture and healthy eating.The Fresno County Farm Bureau is seeking donations to help students make it to its Farm and Nutrition Day on March 21.

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Farmers won't get federal water 
this year

Growers receiving water from the Central Valley Project today received anticipated bad news — a 0 percent allotment.(AP) — Federal officials say many farmers caught in California's drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.

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Kings River farmers to get $2M for conservation

Farmers in the Kings River area have a $2-million pot available to them from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help conserve water.

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