Agriculture

ALRB: Gerawan farmworker signatures invalid

Gerawan farm workers
Attempts to show Gerawan Farm workers want to make their own decision about union representation ran into a snag over the weekend as the Agriculture Labor Relations Board claimed that nearly 1,000 gathered signatures calling for a vote on the union issue were invalid.

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State OKs new water rules for farmland

(AP) — State water regulators have approved landmark groundwater rules for 850,000 acres of farmland in California's Central Valley.

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Officials call for vigilance in citrus pest battle

Agricultural technician Cornelio Sanchez
State and county officials, meeting for a press conference Tuesday in a Fowler orange grove, called for vigilance — both from homeowners and farmers — in keeping the Asian citrus psyllid out of the San Joaquin Valley.

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Psyllid infestation to extend quarantine to Fresno County

Searching for psyllids
After finding two Asian citrus psyllids in Dinuba on Tuesday, entomologists returned and found more of the pests including at least 100 on one of the orange trees.

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Opening set for Valley Farm at Fresno Chaffee Zoo

Valley Farm crops
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 27 at Fresno Chaffee Zoo for a new exhibit called Valley Farm.

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Asian citrus psyllids found in Dinuba

Asian citrus psyllid
State and county agriculture officials are looking to buy time in the fight against the Asian citrus psyllid and the devastating disease called huanglongbing it can spread to orange trees.

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AgVentures! golf tournament set for Tulare

AgVentures
The International Agri-Center will host its annual golf tournament at 8 a.m. Sept. 27 at the Tulare Golf Course.

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Valley water cuts threaten local economies

Gary Serrato speaking at the Farm Forum
Speaking at the final Fresno Grizzlies' Farm Forum of the season Friday, Valley water experts warned of serious economic damage – especially to impoverished areas – if the Valley experiences another dry winter and water allocations for the Central Valley Project are further reduced.

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Farmworkers buried in Calif. mass grave get names

The granite memorial at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Fresno commemorates the 28 farmworkers whose plane crashed near Coalinga en route to Mexico in 1948. (AP Photo)(AP) — Twenty-eight farmworkers who were buried in a mass grave after their plane crashed en route to Mexico in 1948 now have a gravestone with their names on it.

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Alfalfa and forage meeting set

Alfalfa field
The University of California will hold an alfalfa and forage meeting from 7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 9240 S. Riverbend Ave. in Parlier.

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