Agriculture

New weekend psyllid finds include Fresno County

The most recent find of the Asian citrus psyllid pest over the weekend was made in Fresno County for the first time.The feared Asian citrus psyllid appears to be spreading rapidly across the citrus belt with new finds over the weekend in Fresno County between Orosi and Orange Cove and near the Tulare County towns of Strathmore and Ducor.

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Gerawan workers continue protest into key harvest period

A protest Monday by Gerawan farmworkers opposed to a recent Agriculture Labor Relations Board decision regarding UFW representation at Gerawan Farming interrupted the grower’s harvest activities including picking of peaches and table grapes, but it may have helped the cause of the protesting workers.

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Farmers face labor shortages in the fields

California farmers have experienced labor shortages in recent months.(AP) — With the harvest in full swing throughout the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.

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Dreaded citrus pest found near Exeter

Asian citrus psyllid
The Tulare County Agriculture Commissioner’s Office reports that another Asian citrus psyllid — an insect that spreads a disease that kills citrus trees — has been found, this time in a commercial orange grove just south of Exeter.

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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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