Agriculture

J.D. Heiskell to investigate alleged cruelty to calves

J.D. Heiskell & Co. of Tulare said it would investigate alleged mistreatment of its calves at a Colorado holding facility following Wednesday’s release of a video by Compassion Over Killing showing what the animal rights organization described as severe abuse.

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Ag leaders honor Gar Tootelian Inc., Phil Larson

Phil Larson speaking at the Agricultural Awards Luncheon. Karen Musson, representing Gar Tootelian Inc., watches at lower right.
A full house of agricultural leaders from throughout Fresno County gathered at Fresno’s Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Wednesday to honor Gar Tootelian Inc. as Baker, Peterson & Franklin’s business award recipient and Supervisor Phil Larson as the chamber of commerce's agriculturalist of the year.

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Fresno approves farming at former Running Horse site

The Fresno City Council on Thursday paved the way for Granville Homes to grow an almond orchard on west Fresno property in advance of building homes on the site.

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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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