Agriculture

Some Valley citrus damaged by freeze

Freezing temperatures on four consecutive nights are threatening citrus crops throughout the Central Valley.Valley temperatures plunged into the 20s Sunday night and Monday morning causing some minor damage in area navel orange groves, but because of the maturity of the fruit and high sugar content at this point in the season, the extent of damage is not expected be significant.

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Orange Cove's Cecelia Packing rolls out heirloom navels

Sky Valley Ranch home to Cecelias heirloom navel orangesSeeking a navel niche, Cecelia Packing Corp. of Orange Cove has begun shipments of heirloom navel oranges picked from 300 acres at its 280-acre Sky Valley Ranch.

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Support strong for downtown Fresno public market

Support seems strong for showcasing local food and produce at a downtown public market, but making such a venture an operational success and profitable for vendors will take a great deal of planning, support and coordination.

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Valley producers ahead on proposed food safety rules

Cantaloupe producers would be subject to proposed food safety rules.The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to do more planning and be more vigilant in preventing disease from invading farm crops.

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Citrus crops survive recent cold snap

Recent sub-freezing nighttime temperatures have frosted the grasslands, but have not damaged the area citrus crops.

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Farm Bill extension would prevent milk price spike

Top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees have agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 Farm Bill that expired in October, a move that could head off possible doubling of milk prices in January.

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Early rains help state water deliveries

Millerton LakeIt’s been a while since farmers have received good news about water availability. But good news came during Christmas week.

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Costa: New Farm Bill vital to California dairymen

Rep. Jim Costa and Rep. Collin Peterson, (D-Minn), were in Fresno to meet with dairy farmers in a roundtable discussion.Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) is urging Congress to approve the new Farm Bill this month, not just to update the program to better serve the nation’s farmers, but also to provide a safety net for California’s struggling dairy industry.

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Small zones set for pest

Terra BellaState efforts to prevent spread of the Asian citrus psyllid will be less painful to citrus growers and nursery operators than it could have been.

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Sun-Maid celebrates 100th birthday, higher prices

Sun-Maid-RaisinsSun-Maid Growers of California celebrated with gusto on its 100th anniversary -- a record sales and price year -- at its annual meeting on Saturday.

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