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Grape & Tree Fruit president named

David Jackson.
The California Grape & Tree Fruit League kicked off its new fiscal year at its annual Membership Meeting in Ojai Tuesday by electing David Jackson, president of Family Tree Farms in Reedley, as chairman of the board of directors for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Fresno County OKs $73K in fines for pot growers

(AP) — Two Fresno County residents who grew marijuana at their homes have been fined a total of $73,000 under the county's new pot cultivation ban.

Farm lenders generate $100K for drought relief

Fresno Madera Farm Credit and Golden State Farm Credit were a few of seven farm lending associations that helped to generate $100,000 to alleviate hunger in drought-stricken farm communities throughout the state.

SBA to hold contractor workshop

Small Business Administration plans workshop.
The Small Business Administration will hold a free workshop on how to compete effectively for federal, state and High Speed Rail Authority contracting opportunities from 9 a.m. to noon April 17 at the Small Business Administration building, 801 R St., Suite 201, second floor, in Fresno.

Common Threads recipients to be honored Thursday

Five San Joaquin Valley women will be honored with the Common Threads Award at the 18th Annual Common Threads Luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday at the University Courtyard Dining Hall at Fresno State.

Cal/OSHA launches heat illness prevention

With hot weather just around the corner, Cal/OSHA has launched its 2014 Heat Illness Prevention Program to educate employers and workers on the risks of prolonged heat exposure at outdoor worksites.

Homebuilders mull recycled water legislation

Legislation in Sacramento would change state building codes to require more use of recycled water.Proposed legislation by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles would require recycled water for irrigation at newly constructed homes and commercial buildings in cities that have recycled water facilities or are planning to construct them.

Students to host Loft Hop open house

Fresno State's Urban Entrepreneurship students will host Loft Hop, an openhouse event featuring downtown Fresno lofts and housing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.on April 5.

Distressed sales still high in parts of the Valley

The California Association of Realtors reports that the combined share of all distressed property sales in California was down in February.

Visalia chamber to hold candidates' forum

The Visalia Chamber of Commerce along with the Downtown Visalians will hold a public forum to introduce candidates for district attorney, sheriff and state Assembly to chamber members and business professionals from 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. April 8 at the Lamp Liter Inn, 3300 W. Mineral King Ave.