Agriculture

Tulare Co. Farm Bureau to honor ag community

Several individuals will be recognized for their contributions to agriculture when the Tulare County Farm Bureau holds its annual awards dinner on May 8.

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Final survey finds Sierra snowpack at 17% of normal

Officials with the Department of Water Resources conduct a Sierra snowpack survey in this file photo.The last state survey of Sierra snowpack for the season confirms what most folks already know — its going to be a dry summer.

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Fresno Co. farm bureau calls for journalism award entries

The Fresno County Farm Bureau has begun accepting nomination for its 19th annual Journalism Awards to be presented during its "Celebrating Friends of Agriculture" event on June 20.

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California almond acreage increases

California almondsCalifornia’s 2012 almond acreage is estimated at 870,000 acres, up 4 percent from the 2011 acreage of 835,000.  Of the total acreage for 2012, 790,000 acres were bearing and 80,000 acres were non-bearing.  Preliminary bearing acreage for 2013 is estimated at 810,000 acres.

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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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