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Agriculture

Irrigated Lands program challenged

Dennis Keller speaking to boardIn presenting a workshop on the tentative plans for an Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program in Fresno Thursday, the Regional Water Quality Control Board took some heat from environmentalists and farmers, who although they generally have conflicting goals, have at least temporarily delayed plans for a waste discharge-monitoring program.

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Friant water allocation cut

Friant DamAfter reviewing the manual snow survey data from the California Department of Water Resources that was provided the week of April 8, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has determined that because of persistent dry conditions, an additional 5 percent reduction to the Friant Division allocation is necessary.

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Fresno County opts for a lower milk inspection fee hike

Dairy InspectionsThe Fresno County Board of Supervisors has opted to raise dairy inspection fees at a lower amount than county officials originally proposed.

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Bureau strategizes to stabilize water supplies

Bureau of Reclamation waterThe Bureau of Reclamation, working closely with the California Department of Water Resources, has begun a list of strategies to improve water supplies south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta following another dry rain season.

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Organics sprout money for local companies

John Salmonson, president of Brant Monterey Co., looks over a production line for Sluggo Plus organic snail bait in Fresno.As popularity of organic produce grows, so do support businesses like organic nutrients, herbicide, fungicide and liquid fertilizer providers.

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Three Valley wineries receive best-of-class awards

Elysium black Muscat labelThree local Valley Wineries – two in Madera and one in Mendota – won best-of-class gold awards at the San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition held April 4 at Ramos-Torres Winery in Kingsburg.

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Farm equipment show set for April 19-21 in Tulare

Antique Farm Equipment ShowThe 21st annual California Antique Farm Equipment Show will showcase the agriculture industry's heritage at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, April 19 through 21.

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Five Points seed co. buys Australian counterpart

S&W Seed Co.'s seed cleansing and processing facility in Five Points, Calif.S&W Seed Co. of Five Points announced that it has acquired an Australian seed company to become the largest producer of non-dormant alfalfa seed in the world.

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Heat training attracts 500 workers in Easton

Manuel Cunha, Jr. is president of the Nisei Farms League in Fresno.Cal/OSHA launched its 2013 heat Illness Prevention Program at the C.P.D.E.S. Hall in Easton, where on April 4 more than 500 farm laborers and 150 labor contractors attended a workshop on the dangers associated with heat exposure at outdoor worksites.

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FID to delay south district water deliveries

Kings River. Water supplies declineWith the Kings River’s 2013 water supply outlook quickly deteriorating, Fresno Irrigation District board members have decided to delay water deliveries to southern portions of the Fresno Irrigation District by another 15 days.

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