Agriculture

Fresno Madera Farm Credit distributes $5.5M to customers

Fresno Madera Farm Credit announced a total patronage distribution of $5.5 million to its customers—the first in the organization’s 96-year history.

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Westlands water further slashed

Irrigation water reducedWestlands Water District warns that local communities will face more than $1 billion in lost economic activity following a Bureau of Reclamation announcement that water allocations will be cut further.

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FID will stagger farm water deliveries

The Fresno Irrigation District will stagger water deliveries that begin on April 1 in an effort to better manage limited water supplies for the upcoming farming season.

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Record 101.5M boxes of table grapes shipped in 2012

California shipped the equivalent of 101.5 million 19-pound boxes of fresh California grapes during the 2012 season.

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LA sewage to head to Kings County farms

(AP) — When Los Angeles residents flush their toilets, they could soon be helping fertilize crops in Kings County.

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2014 Food Expo to be held in July

Mayor Ashley Swearengin is joined by Julius Robinson (left) as she announces the new date for the 2014 Fresno Food Expo.The 2014 Fresno Food Expo will be held in July as a way to accommodate grape, nut and tree fruit growers during the San Joaquin Valley’s peak growing season.

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Valley farmers eligible for water improvement funds

The Bay Delta Initiative gives farmers financial assistance for applying conservation practices like preventing excessive irrigation runoff A set of workshops in Hanford and Fresno on March 6 will educate Valley farmers and dairy operators on how to get financial assistance for new irrigation systems and other water management activities.

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Citrus Showcase set for March 7 in Visalia

Orange sortingIt’s showcase time for California oranges, lemons and mandarins.

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USDA makes $1M available to ag water cleanup

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in conjunction with Kings River Conservation District is making $1 million available for irrigated cropland farmers and dairy producers to improve water quality in portions of Fresno, Kings and Tulare counties.

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Tipton farmer Barcellos to be honored March 19

Tom Barcellos is the owner of Barcellos Farmers in Porterville and T-Bar Dairy in Tipton. Photo by Jeff Killion of Gainsborough Studio in Tulare.The Kiwanis Club of Tulare will honor Tipton area dairyman and farmer Tom Barcellos with its Farmer of the Year award on March 19.

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