Agriculture

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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Fair's 130th birthday celebrated at opening ceremony

Al Smith of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce (left) receives his award.Contributors to the Big Fresno Fair celebrated the fair’s 130th birthday at opening ceremonies Wednesday that included a big birthday cake, award presentations and a salute to a new museum to remember fairs from years gone by.

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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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