Agriculture

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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Treatment starts this month on Friant-Kern Canal weed

The Friant-Kern Canal is undergoing chemical treatment on watermilfoil weed that clogs irrigation systems through the Central ValleyWater districts up and down the Central Valley will participate in a massive dewatering of the 152-mile Friant-Kern Canal beginning this month to allow for chemical treatment on a 23-mile segment to fight Western watermilfoil, an aquatic weed that can grow 10-feet long that is clogging canals, water meters and micro-irrigation sprinklers alike.

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Third citrus pest found in Tulare County

Another Asian citrus psyllid has been detected in Tulare County.The Tulare County town of Terra Bella is the site of the latest discovery of an invasive pest called the Asian citrus psyllid.

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State plans Tulare Co. quarantine for citrus pest

A pest called  the Asian Citrus Psyllid has prompted an eminent quarantine in Tulare County, according to state ag officials.(AP) — California officials plan to quarantine an area in the state's citrus belt where a pest capable of killing citrus trees was found.

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Wine industry greats to be honored

SJV Winegrowers AssociationThe San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association will will honor three individuals for their contributions to the wine industry on Nov. 29.

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