Agriculture

Sun-Maid receives ag business award

Kriebel-Jacobsen-PetrucciBaker, Peterson & Franklin certified public accountants named Sun-Maid Growers of California the 2012 Ag Business Award winner Wednesday at the Big Fresno Fair grounds.

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High gas, diesel prices hurt Calif. farm industry

Central Valley farmers say high gas and diesel prices are hurting production (Fresno County Farm Bureau)(AP) — Farmers in California's Central Valley say record high gas and diesel prices are putting pressure on their bottom lines, but economists say it's unlikely that will translate into significantly higher food prices in the state and nationwide.

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Tatami named Fresno County Farm Bureau president

KenTatamiThe Fresno County Farm bureau has elected and installed its 2012-13 officers including new president Ken Tatami of Reedley.

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Local growers highlight GMO food fight

Organic farmer Tom Willey of Madera’s TD Willey Farms likens the distribution of genetically modified foods as an experiment on consumers.Many of the fruits and vegetables we eat have transformed in one way or another over the last few hundred years. Today, using science, those transformations can take place in a matter of weeks.

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UC Davis to honor farm bureau president

Fresno County Farm Bureau President Brian PachecoFresno County Farm Bureau President Brian Pacheco will be honored by UC Davis on Oct. 5 for his ongoing contributions to his alma mater.

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More than 400,000 marijuana plants removed from Valley farms

Benjamin WagnerMore than 400,000 marijuana plants with a street value of more than $1,000 to $2,000 each have been removed from Central Valley farms since March, officials of the U.S. Department of Justice and sheriff’s deputies reported at a Fresno press conference on Sept. 26.

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Fresno County crop values hit $6.9B in 2011

Grapes lead a 2011 harvest in Fresno County worth a record $6.8 billion.Fresno County gross crop values reached $6.9 billion in 2011, according to the just released and much awaited annual crop report.

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Fresno County votes to maintain Williamson Act

Fresno County supervisors voted Sept. 18 to maintain full tax benefits to farmers who commit to keeping their lands in agriculture.

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Fresno company recalls cantaloupes

DFI Marketing detected salmonella on a sample of cantaloupe during a routine testFresno company DFI Marketing is recalling approximately 28,000 cartons of cantaloupe that could be contaminated with salmonella.

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Orange industry ready for production rise

Navel OrangesThe California Department of Food and Agriculture reports that navel orange production will be up from last year with an estimated 93 million cartons produced statewide.

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