Agriculture

Fresno State Vineyard plan encourages industry investment

Fresno State red grape harvestA new agreement between Fresno State Vineyards and industry partners paves the way for increased investment in the university’s viticulture and enology programs and provides a revamped infrastructure to remain on the leading edge of industry advancements.

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Local experts say farmland 'bubble' non-existent

Stanley Xavier JrMemories of a real estate bubble bursting are all too real six years after the collapse of the U.S. home market.

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Common Threads Award honorees selected

Six women representing Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties have been selected as the 2013 honorees for the Common Threads Award that recognizes women from the San Joaquin Valley for their agricultural, philanthropic and community service.

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Group warns of farmland loss in San Joaquin Valley

The American Farmland Trust claims Central California may lose up to 570,000 acres of primie farmland to development by 2050 (AP) -  Despite written policies protecting farmland across Central California's agricultural heartland, the state's most productive region is on track to lose 570,000 acres of prime, irrigated land to development by 2050, according to a new report.

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Portuguese farm exhibit debuts at Visalia museum

The Visalia museum’s new exhibit will tell the story of the influence that the Portuguese community has had on Tulare County. The History of Tulare County Farm Labor & Agriculture Museum will debut a new exhibit — Cultivating a Heritage: The Success of the Portuguese in Tulare County.

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New USDA microloan program to help small farmers

Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a new microloan program to help small and family operations and socially-disadvantaged farmers obtain as much as $35,000 in loans.

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Cold still threatens Calif. crops but it's easing

(AP) — A cold snap that has California farmers struggling to protect a $1.5 billion citrus crop has slowly started to ease, though frigid temperatures were still the norm Tuesday morning throughout the state and across other parts of the West.

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Olive Committee seeks grower nominations

The California Olive Committee is seeking grower nominations for new committee terms running June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2015.

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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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