Agriculture

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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USDA buying meat again from Calif. slaughterhouse

The U.S. Department of Agriculture had suspended its purchases from Central Valley Meat last month following a scathing undercover video released by Compassion Over Killing(AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying meat again from a Central California slaughterhouse that's been at the center of an animal cruelty investigation.

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Safety seminar set for Sept. 27

Cotton harvest.Kings and Tulare County farm bureaus, the University of California Cooperative Extension and the state Compensation Insurance Fund will host the annual Cotton Harvest Safety Seminar on Sept. 27 at the Mid Valley Cotton Gin at 21978 Road 36 in Tulare.

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Organic Pastures recalls dairy products

Organic Pastures Dairy reports that it is recalling Grade A raw whole milk, skim milk and raw cream with a date of Sept. 13 because of a bacterial contamination threat.

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State board to hold water meeting in Mendota

Irrigation WaterThe California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss a variety of water issues including water quality, ground water management and water markets when it meets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Spreckels Sugar Co. facility at 29400 West Whitesbridge Rd. in Mendota.

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Olam consolidates innovation centers to HQ

Olam International signed a lease to add nearly 8,000 square feet to its West Coast corporate headquarters in Fresno to relocate three of its innovation centers.

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