Agriculture

Valley farmers eligible for water improvement funds

The Bay Delta Initiative gives farmers financial assistance for applying conservation practices like preventing excessive irrigation runoff A set of workshops in Hanford and Fresno on March 6 will educate Valley farmers and dairy operators on how to get financial assistance for new irrigation systems and other water management activities.

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Citrus Showcase set for March 7 in Visalia

Orange sortingIt’s showcase time for California oranges, lemons and mandarins.

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USDA makes $1M available to ag water cleanup

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in conjunction with Kings River Conservation District is making $1 million available for irrigated cropland farmers and dairy producers to improve water quality in portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

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Tipton farmer Barcellos to be honored March 19

Tom Barcellos is the owner of Barcellos Farmers in Porterville and T-Bar Dairy in Tipton. Photo by Jeff Killion of Gainsborough Studio in Tulare.The Kiwanis Club of Tulare will honor Tipton area dairyman and farmer Tom Barcellos with its Farmer of the Year award on March 19.

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Water allocation tight for west side farmers

The Bureau of Reclamation today announced in its initial Water Year 2013 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project that agricultural water service contractors south of the Delta would receive 25 percent of their contract supply of 1,965 million acre-feet.

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UFW opens new Madera office

United Farm Workers has opened a new Madera office to handle new contracts in the area including assistance to workers harvesting for San Joaquin Tomato Growers based in Crows Landing.

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Longtime Madera farmer to be honored March 21

Sarkis Sahatdjian has been farming in Madera County for 65 yearsThe Madera Chamber of Commerce will honor Madera farmer Sarkis Sahatdjian for his life-long service to the region's agriculture industry on March 21.

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Four directors elected to Almond Board

Four new directors have been elected to the Modesto-based Almond Board of California.

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Snowboarder Jeremy Jones joins pistachio team

Jeremy Jones snowboarderProfessional snowboarder Jeremy Jones has joined the Fresno-based American Pistachio Growers athletic ambassador team, claiming American-grown pistachios as his official snack.

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Fewer bees in US a threat to world's almond supply

Almond bloom is underway while bee supplies are low.(AP) — In an almond orchard in California's Central Valley, bee inspector Neil Trent pried open a buzzing hive and pulled out a frame to see if it was at least two-thirds covered with bees.

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