Agriculture

Farmers won't get federal water 
this year

Growers receiving water from the Central Valley Project today received anticipated bad news — a 0 percent allotment.(AP) — Federal officials say many farmers caught in California's drought will receive no irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs interlacing the state.

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Kings River farmers to get $2M for conservation

Farmers in the Kings River area have a $2-million pot available to them from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service to help conserve water.

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Bond supporters want water storage included

George Soares discussing water storage.
Area farmers seem to be in agreement that much better water storage is needed to prevent droughts from damaging valuable San Joaquin Valley crops.

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Farmers: Obama's drought relief efforts lacking

(AP) — Farmers in California's drought-stricken Central Valley said Friday that the financial assistance President Barack Obama is delivering on his visit does not get to the heart of California's long-term water problems.

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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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