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Agriculture

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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Selma packer forms partnership to boost year-round produce

Sunnyside Packing blue lake beansSelma’s Sunnyside Packing Company and Nogales, Ariz.-based Ciruli Brothers LLC have joined forces in a sales and marketing partnership that the partners say will be the most integrated, year-round, grower-shipper-packer operation in the western United States.

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UFW leader to visit Fresno State for César Chávez Day

United Farm Workers National Vice President Armando ElenesFresno State will celebrate César Chávez Day on April 4 as Armando Elenes, vice president for the United Farm Workers union, helps honor the late labor leader's legacy.

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Assemi to farm Running Horse property

Two Central Valley-based farming companies announced the purchase of 360 acres of land in Southwest Fresno, including land that was part of the failed Running Horse golf course and residential development.

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Sequestration halts milk production reports

Automatic budget cuts under sequestration have prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to suspend milk production reports that serve as an important source of production, disposition and income information for an already struggling dairy industry.

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Kings Co. Farm Bureau appoints new leader

The Kings County Farm Bureau's new executive director Diane Friend.The Kings County Farm Bureau appointed Diane Friend, the daughter of a longtime area farming family, as its new executive director.

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