Agriculture

Valley farmers profiled for sustainability

Giacomazzi Dairy uses conservation tillage to reduce erosion, water runoff and particulate matter.Four Valley farms were among 45 profiled in a report by the American Farmland Trust on how agricultural producers in California have improved the environment through conservation practices.

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Madera Chamber calls on farmer award nominations

The Madera Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for its 2014 Senior Farmer of the Year to recognize outstanding contributions in agriculture.

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Visalia school wins $7,000 in water-saving contest

Shannon Ranch Elementary School in Visalia will build a drip irrigation system on campus after winning the top prize of $7,000 in a contest by landscape and irrigation equipment manufacturer The Toro Co.

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AP NewsBreak: Feds joins battle on citrus disease 


(AP) — The federal government is getting involved in the fight against citrus greening disease, in hopes of saving Florida's — and possibly the entire nation's — citrus crop.

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Sun-Maid reports $163M record grower payments

Sun-Maid Growers of California gathered for its 101st annual membership meeting this past weekend, in part to celebrate a good year.

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Citrus growers to see some damage from cold 


Ice hangs from a mandarin orange tree full of fruit.
(AP) — Citrus growers expect to see minimal damage to the state orange crop after battling freezing temperatures for a second night but no major impact on the price of the fruit.

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Temps reach danger level for California citrus

Icy fruit on a satsuma Mandarin tree grown west of Fresno.
(AP) — Officials say temperatures in the citrus-rich San Joaquin Valley dropped to the low 20s overnight, but it was too early to tell whether there was any crop damage.

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Sen. Moran hears local dairy needs

Fresno State President Joseph Castro, L, listens as U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, talks about the Farm Bill.
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, visited Fresno State Dairy Wednesday to discuss and promote a new Farm Bill, which could provide relief to struggling dairy farmers in California.

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California citrus crop OK despite cold temps

Citrust farmers in the Central Valley took precautions against temperatures that dropped in the 20s overnight..(AP) — A California citrus trade group says temperatures did not drop low enough overnight to cause any crop damage.

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Supervisors call for farmworker vote count

The Fresno Board of Supervisors today approved a resolution declaring Dec. 3 as “Valley Farmworkers Let Your Votes Be Counted Day.”

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