Agriculture

Possible heat deaths keep Cal-OSHA, farmers on toes

Peach harvester
The recent deaths of two Valley farmworkers in triple-digit temperatures has raised questions about hot weather safety compliance and procedures, but experts report that most employers are compliant and up to now, only one heat-caused farmworker death has occurred in the past four years.

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Nunes proposes tax exemption for ag research

Rep NunesRep. Devin Nunes (CA-Tulare) and Rep. Ron Kind (WI) have introduced the Charitable Agricultural Research Act, which would provide a tax exemption for agricultural research.

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Cal/OSHA issues heat sickness warning

Take precautions in heat
Cal/OSHA reminds all employers with outdoor workers to protect their workers as temperatures are expected to reach record levels, rising to the triple digits in inland California including the San Joaquin Valley over the next six days.

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FID water deliveries end in July

Kings River
Fresno Irrigation District will conclude its water deliveries for the Fancher and Dry Creek systems on July 15.

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Dairy coops work to replace state's milk pricing system

California Dairies of Visalia will begin working together with Land O'Lakes and Dairy Farmers of America on draft language of a federal order that would bring dairy producers in the state out of California's challenging milk pricing system.

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Fresno Co. crop value falls as grapes hit new high

Grapes are the first single crop in Fresno County history to exceed the $1-billion mark.Fresno County's agricultural crop value totaled $6.58 billion in 2012, down more than 3 percent from the 2011 record crop value.

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Valley dairy farmers push promotion, products

Alan Autry introduces dairyman Ray Prock
San Joaquin Valley dairy farmers, still fighting to stay afloat in a market of high feed costs and generally unprofitable milk pricing, are looking to promoting the health advantages of drinking milk, including the vitamins beneficial to children, and push new dietary products made with milk powder.

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Tulare citrus psyllid restrictions to expire

Asian citrus psyllid
Restrictions on Tulare County citrus groves, in place since December after three Asian citrus psyllids were discovered in in the county, are set to expire on June 17.

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Friant Division gets additional water bump to 55%

The US Bureau of Reclamation announced today that farmers on the Central Valley's Eastside will have a little more of the wet stuff to play around with this growing season.

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Gerawan worker sues for say in UFW representation

Lupe Garcia, on behalf of his fellow Gerawan Farming Company employees, filed a lawsuit against the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board to intervene in the mediation between Gerawan Farming and the United Farm Workers.

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