Agriculture

Vilsack announces additional drought assistance

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join President Barack Obama in Fresno today to announce that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will provide additional assistance totaling nearly $200 million to help farmers, ranchers and residents affected by California’s severe drought.

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Fresno State president to visit World Ag Expo

Joseph I. Castro will make his first visit to the World Ag Expo as Fresno State president when the largest annual agricultural exposition of its kind unfolds Feb. 11-13 in Tulare.

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Solar power switched on at Fresno County almond huller

Solar turned on at almond hulling plant.
Cenergy Power, a commercial and agricultural solar developer with offices in Carlsbad and Merced, has completed a 1.125-megawatt solar photovoltaic system at Superior Almond Hulling’s Cantua Creek processing facility southwest of Fresno near Interstate 5.

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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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