Agriculture

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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Fresno State Grape Day set for Aug. 5

Fresno State Grape Day will be from 7 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 5, featuring keynote speaker Jamal Rayyis, a U.S. correspondent and wine critic.

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Karr elected president of Ag One Foundation

Jason Karr, salesman at Derco Foods in Fresno, has been elected president of the Ag One Foundation at Fresno State.

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Tulare County grows record $7.8B crop in 2013

Despite drought conditions, Tulare County farmers had a bountiful crop year in 2013, boosting production and produce variety and taking in a record $7.8 billion in gross value.

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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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