Agriculture

Warm weather sparks early grape, almond harvest

A crew with Fowler Packing harvests and bags flame grapes last week week, facing temperatures eclipsing 100 degrees. Photo by Chuck Harvey A warm, dry spring has expedited harvests of two of the most valuable Valley crops, grapes and almonds.

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Growers eye potential fallout of Russia export ban

Pistachios are among the local products exported to Russia, which recently moved to ban all Western food exports.Russia's decision to ban most food exports from the West isn't likely to shakeup local growers of popular export products too much.

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Progress made in Pierce's Disease fight

The battle continues, but state ag officials and grape growers have managed to control glassy-winged sharpshooters and prevent spread of Pierce’s Disease, which can wipe out vineyards on a massive basis.

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Pitman Family Farms continues poultry expansion

Pitman Family Farms is increasing its poultry raising capacity at two facilities in Madera County, continuing a recent growth spurt.Following two large property purchases last year in Kings County, Pitman Family Farms of Sanger is moving its growth northward with the expansion of its poultry farms in Madera County.

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Nominations being accepted for ag awards

The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Agriculturalist of the Year Award.

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Study: Mexico’s farm labor supply drying up

A decline in farm workers from Mexico has some Fresno-area farmers investing in automated harvesters and planting crops that are less labor intensive, such as almonds.

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Recalled fruit shipped to Costco, Trader Joe's

(AP) — Wawona Packing Co. is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

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Global specialty crop training offered

A six-session CalAgX crop export training program will be offered starting with session 1 at 9 a.m. Aug. 6 at the Center for International Trade Development, State Center Community College District at 390 W. Fir Ave. Suite 308 in Clovis.

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Fresno County slips behind Tulare in crop value

Almond tree in Fresno County.
A just-approved Fresno County crop report shows that although the county’s farmers made gains in almond production, overall gross crop value dropped by 2.2 percent to $6.4 billion in 2013.

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California drought threatens to dry up farm wells

(AP) — Researchers say farmers in pockets of California hardest hit by the drought could begin to see wells run dry next year.

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