Agriculture

Report: Freeze cost California citrus about $441M

(AP) — A citrus industry group estimates a week of freezing temperatures in early December cost California's $2 billion citrus industry about $441 million.

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As drought continues, feds won't seize water

San Luis Reservoir(AP) — Farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley are breathing a sigh of relief after federal officials said they won't seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for the farmers' crops.

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Fresno Food Expo will grow with move to July

Mayor Swearengin speaking at Expo announcement.
Planners and participants in the 2014 Fresno Food Expo gathered at Fowler Packing in south Fresno Tuesday to encourage participation in what is expected to be a larger event with the move to July 24.

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Walnut board receives pest management award

The California Walnut Board’s Production Research Advisory Council (PRAC) Entomology Working Group is a recipient of the 2013 California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award.

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Local wineries score big in Chronicle competition

Ramos Torres
Local wineries landed double gold, gold, silver and bronze medals at the recently completed San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

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Processors contract for 13.5 million tons of tomatoes

Tomato are cleaned at a processing plant.
The USDA-NASS California Field Office surveyed the state’s tomato processors for their intended contract acreage and tonnage and found contract sales will total 13.5 million tons this year.

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Water districts targeted for conservation funds

Farmers and conservation groups in the San Joaquin Valley have until March 21 to apply for funding for projects to conserve water and preserve wildlife.

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Wine competition calls for entries

Valley vintners will be rated for their products once all entries are in for the 2014 San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition by the March 14 deadline.

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More citrus pest finds in Tulare County

Tulare County Ag Commissioner Marilyn Kinoshita said the early December freeze does not seem to have slowed down the Asian Citrus Psyllid in Tulare County.

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Dry conditions challenge state’s cattle industry

Soaring cattle prices are breaking records as area ranchers try to rebuild herds reduced in recent years by drought and resulting high feed costs.

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