Agriculture

California water release opponents suffer setback

Friant Dam(AP) — Water won't immediately stop flowing from a reservoir east of Fresno after a judge rejected an attempt to turn off the spigots.

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Growers vote to continue walnut marketing order

Ninety-five percent of eligible California walnut growers who voted and ninety-three percent of the volume represented in the referendum favored continuing the federal marketing order and the efforts of the California Walnut Board.

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Kings County crop value hits $2.26B

Kings County records record crop value
Bolstered by a stronger milk market and a jump in nut crops, Kings County set an all time record for crop value hitting $2.26 billion in 2013.

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Millerton water releases upset Friant contractors

The Friant Water Authority says its getting the short end of the stick as the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced plans to release water from Millerton Lake to benefit wildlife refuges and junior contractors farther west instead of serving growers in the Fresno area.

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Despite drought, local nurseries remain busy

Waiting lists can be year's long for nut tree plantings, with local nurseries reporting great demand.With almond demand on the rise, Central Valley farmers continue to plant young trees on every morsel of land suitable.

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Fresno forum to highlight ag exporting

Growers and food processors are invited to hear about trends and topics in international trade at a forum on May 15 at Fresno City Hall.

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Family donates dairy antiques to Tulare museum

Shirley Sybesma and her sons Charles and Arnold at the Antique Farm Equipment MuseumThe Antique Farm Equipment Museum at the International Agri-Center has a new display of dairy pharmaceutical supplies and walls of cattle brands donated by the Sybesma family of Tulare.

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Airoso named Tulare County Farm Bureau president

Joey Airoso.Outgoing Tulare County Farm Bureau President Steve Godlin will pass the gavel to local dairy farmer Joey Airoso at the Farm Bureau annual meeting this week.

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Pandol elected grape chair

Outgoing Chairman John V. Zaninovich, left, hands the gavel to newly appointed Chairman Louis Pandol.
Louis Pandol of Pandol Bros., Inc. in Delano has been elected as the new chairman of the California Table Grape Commission in Fresno, succeeding the prior chairman John V. Zaninovich of Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons.

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Setton Farms to be sports Emmy sponsor

Setton Farms—a Terra Bella-based pistachio processor and producer of Pistachio Chewy Bites—will be a sponsor of the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards on May 6 at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York.

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