Agriculture

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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Prison, $9M fine imposed for organic fertilizer fraud

U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii has sentenced Kenneth Noel Nelson Jr., 59, of Bakersfield to 6 ½ years in prison and fined $9 million for a scheme to defraud organic farmers and other customers of his organic fertilizer business by adding synthetic chemicals to his fertilizer and labeling the product as organic.

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Sun-Maid celebrates a century in the sun

Barry Kriebel, president of Sun-Maid, speaks after receiving the Ag Business of the Year award.Kingsburg-based Sun-Maid Growers of California has plenty to celebrate on its 100th birthday.

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Food labels multiply, some confuse consumers

(AP) — Want to avoid pesticides and antibiotics in your produce, meat, and dairy foods? Prefer to pay more to make sure farm animals were treated humanely, farmworkers got their lunch breaks, bees or birds were protected by the farmer and that ranchers didn't kill predators?

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California Dairies, Inc. buying SoCal dairy co-op

Visalia-based California Dairies, Inc. (CDI) has purchased the assets of Security Milk Producers Association, a milk cooperative that produces around 1.3 billion pounds of milk a year with sales of around $300 million. According to CDI’s President Andrei Mikhalevsky, the CDI board is expected to finalize a deal this week at its regular meeting.

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Experts to address Fresno agribusiness conference

All aspects of California's agricultural industry will be discussed during a conference taking place Nov. 7 in Fresno.

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