Agriculture

Visalia school needs votes for water-saving grant

Shannon Ranch Elementary School is counting on the public to help win $7,000 for a drip irrigation system as part of a contest by landscape and irrigation equipment manufacturer The Toro Co.

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ALRB reverses denial of 2nd Gerawan worker petition

Silvia Lopez and attorney Paul Bauer
The Agricultural Labor Relations Board’s Sacramento office has reversed a decision by the regional director that would have blocked a group of Gerawan farm workers’ in their second attempt to hold an election to determine if the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) should represent them.

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2nd Gerawan workers' attempt at election denied

The Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) has blocked a group of farm workers’ second attempt to hold an election to determine if the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) should represent them.

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Workers file 2nd petition for Gerawan UFW vote

Silvia Lopez, on behalf of a group of farmworkers from Gerawan Farming, Inc., plans to file a second petition today for decertification with nearly 3,000 supporting signatures, calling for a vote to determine if the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) should represent them.

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Year-round farmers market starts up in Clovis

Clovis residents and restaurateurs have a closer source of locally grown produce since the Business Organization of Old Town started up its new year-round farmers market on Saturday mornings.

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Water fight documentary takes top award at Fresno festival

L-R George Delgado Juan Carlos Oseguera and Joe Del Bosque
The award-winning documentary, "The Fight for Water: A Farm Worker Struggle", received a Best Documentary award at the Viña de Oro Fresno International Film Festival held Oct. 16 - 19 at the historic Tower Theatre in Fresno.

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Growers experiment with Midwest-style pivot irrigation

Jon Johnston, owner of Irrigation Accessories Co. of Vancouver, Wash., tells a Fresno County tour group that compared to flood irrigation and hand-installed ground sprinkler systems, his overhead pivot system addition uses 33 percent less water and provides a 37-percent increase in crop yields.Common to the Midwest and Texas — but fairly new to the Central Valley — overhead center pivot irrigation systems are being tried here on a variety of crops including cotton, wheat and alfalfa hay.

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Ag Expo holds video contest

World Ag Expo
World Ag Expo in Tulare is calling for video submissions to tell the story of agriculture for a chance to win $3,000.

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Report: Fresno ranks high in equipment theft

More John Deere equipment was stolen in 2012 than any other brand, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau..More heavy equipment was stolen in Fresno than almost any other U.S. city, according to a report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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Reedley's Gar Tootelian ag business of 2013

Karen Musson
Baker, Peterson & Franklin certified public accountants named Gar Tootelian Inc. of Reedley ag business of the year at a ceremony Wednesday at the Big Fresno Fair.

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