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The Tulare County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) will host a meeting today in the Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chambers in Visalia, and on its agenda is two items concerning the Lindsay-Strathmore Irrigation District (LSID).

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The Porterville Unified School District has provided information on its Facebook page about the $33.4 million bond that will be placed on the March 3 ballot during the primary election for voters in the district to consider.

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Despite the frigid temperatures over the weekend, the 32nd annual Sierra Winter Classic cattle show kicked off on Saturday morning at the Porterville Fairgrounds. 

PIXLEY – Calgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas Co. today announced four additional Central Valley dairies have started sending methane produced from cow manure to Calgren’s biogas operation in Pixley, where it’s processed into renewable natural gas (RNG) and injected into SoCalGas’…

The first question asked at the Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency Board meeting on Friday represented the frustration of growers who are still facing the unknown.

The Ag industry saw many changes over the course of the last decade. Despite the drought, which lasted a few years, and the discovery of many Psyllids in the citrus groves, overall ag has been booming in the area. Here’s a look at some major stories that made headlines over the past 10 years.

This area is known for its citrus production — it’s known as the Orange Belt after all — so it would make since a citrus judging contest for students would be held here.

The federal government is giving the Central Valley some early Christmas presents through two pieces of legislation — one that became law and the other that’s expected to become law – that will help this area and agriculture.

The Porterville Fair Heritage Association held its annual Roundup Dinner a the Porterville Fairgrounds on Saturday, with a different twist this year as a Ranch Sorting Competition was held in which 23 teams moved 10 head of cattle within a 75 second time limit. 

The East Tule Groundwater Sustainability Water Agency is racing the clock when it comes to meeting the state’s requirements by next year but the message is this:

TULARE — Rosa Brothers Milk Company will mark its seventh year with an anniversary celebration on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Rosa Brothers Milk Company Creamery Store located at 2400 South K Street, Tulare. 

On Monday, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)  joined Calgren Dairy Fuels, and state and local elected officials to announce the completion of Calgren’s dairy renewable natural gas facility. 

Expressing appreciation for the Trump administration’s broadened programs to ease the impact of retaliatory trade actions on American farmers, the president of the California Farm Bureau Federation reiterated the need to resolve the disputes at the root of the issue.

CFBF President Jamie Johansson was in Washington, D.C., today when the administration announced the tariff-assistance package.

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Antique Farm Equipment Show steals hearts, brings memories

People came from all over the United States for a walk down memory lane at the 27th annual California Antique Farm Equipment show at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, which began Friday and runs through the weekend.

Walter Watte is the show chairman, and he said there is an antique tractor and truck parade on both Saturday and Sunday, and a special steak dinner fundraiser. Watte is featuring his Uncle George Watt’s 1947 two-cylinder John Deere in the show, but invited all makes and models. George was one of the show founder’s in 1993.

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Pleasant View students apply technology in a handy way with H2O on the GO project

An ag technology project that started as a simple sensor to detect moisture in the soil for farmers became something else when eighth grade students at Pleasant View Elementary met with cowboys at Merritt Ranch in Strathmore and found out what they had to do to take care of the cattle and check the water levels daily on the huge ranch.

In charge of the project is Vahid Motazedian, Director of Rural Community and Research Initiatives for the Foundation for the Application of Science. (FAS)

Join the California Antique Farm Equipment Show (CAFES) this weekend, Friday through Sunday, as they celebrate John Deere and “Those Poppin’ Johnny 2-Cylinder tractors” with lots of fun for the whole family at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.

This year, the CAFES have joined with Rusty Roots Show, LLC. to bring more antiques, vintage junk, re-purposed, clever up-cycled, artisan, crafts, new and old, food, and so much more.

Looking to strengthen the market for California-grown olives, Musco Family Olive Company announced Tuesday it is offering new contracts to growers impacted by the recent decision of a competitor to cancel its contracts with California farmers.

The recent announcement of table olive processing contracts being cancelled by Bell-Carter Foods on nearly 4,500 acres of olives grown in Tulare County has Tulare County Farm Bureau paying attention. Farm Bureau is asking state and federal officials to take action to assist those growers impacted by these contract cancellations. 

City denies SVMC increase in Farmers Market budget

Tuesday night’s City Council meeting brought a lively debate on the partnership between the City and Sierra View Medical Center (SVMC) for the Farmers Market.

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Local citrus history on display at new museum exhibit

Amanda Seymoure Gibbons planted the first orange seeds and raised some of the first orange trees in Tulare County, says Sheila Pickrell, curator of the Porterville Historical Museum. Pictures of both her and her husband Gideon Deminy Gibbons are just some of the items currently on display in Tulare County’s Citrus Room, the museum’s latest exhibit that chronicles the history of the signature crop of the county.

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The three day agriculture extravaganza draws in thousands

Despite the rain and chilling winds, it was all hands on deck for the final day of the World Ag Expo in Tulare.

With more than 1,500 exhibits, scheduled shows throughout the day, and plenty of places to stop and eat, there was no shortage of exciting things to do for the thousands of visitors who came through the entrance.

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Controversy is brewing in the City of Lindsay, as the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce are in a disagreement.

It was announced at a Council meeting earlier this year that the prospect of relocating the Friday Night Market was of great interest to the Council, due to reports of vandalism and noise complaints from residents living in the apartments located on Sweetbriar Avenue. 

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Brothers Rolland and Noel Rosa of Rosa Brothers Milk Company in Tulare recently celebrated the six year anniversary of their in-house glass bottling process — a change they made to ensure the quality of their product.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will begin accepting applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The application period was targeted to open at the end of March.

The AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $19-33 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce their methane emissions. In the last round each grant could be up to $750,000.

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Opportunity to create new partnerships

Several Porterville area businesses are among the 1,500 exhibitors at the 51st annual World Ag Expo this week, and The Recorder checked in with some of them to get their thoughts on the event and how it impacts their business.

“It’s early, but it’s looking good so far, and the weather’s good,” said Gary Wilson of Strathmore Ladder from inside their booth in the opening hours of the event Tuesday morning. Strathmore Ladder has operated in Strathmore for 82 years, and is one of a few exhibitors that have been present at all 51 World Ag Expos. The WAE began Tuesday and concludes its 2018 run today at the International Agri-Center in Tulare.

TULARE — Results of World Ag Expo’s Top-10 New Products Competition, sponsored by Bank of America, were recently made public. The winners will be showcased Feb. 13-15, during the World Ag Expo in Tulare.

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The Tulare County cotton harvest is in full swing as growers rush to beat the upcoming rainy season. Cotton has seen a resurgence this year because of the abundance of irrigation water available and good prices. This photo was taken off of Road 168.

Let the planting season begin. Unlike gardeners in different climates, autumn, not spring, is the very best season to do the majority of planting, transplanting and moving soil. Exceptions: high mountain gardeners have a better season in spring. And frost tender sub-tropical plants, such as bougainvillea, citrus and palms should not be planted until spring. But for the majority of valley and foothill gardeners, and for a majority of plants, October is the perfect month to get outside and get things done.

TULARE — The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has begun accepting applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $9-16 million in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce their methane emissions. Each grant may be up to$750,000.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has begun accepting applications for the Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP). The AMMP is one of two programs designed by CDFA to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. The program will provide $9-$16 million dollars in grants to California dairy and livestock operators to implement non-digester manure management practices that reduce their methane emissions.

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has received a $3.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help low-income Californians purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at certified farmers’ markets.

Goal is to improve ag education

The American Farm Bureau Federation and National FFA Organization signed a memorandum of understanding this month to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture. 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Twelve cotton producers from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri will observe cotton and other agricultural operations in California’s San Joaquin Valley this week as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) Program.

Hayley Fernandes of Tulare was selected as the 2017 Dairy Princess for the California Milk Advisory Board’s (CMAB) District 9. The crowning took place before a crowd of approximately 250 dairy industry members and their families and friends, on Friday, June 9, at the Heritage Complex at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. 

1 billion sterile flies released

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner’s office have eradicated a Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) infestation centered near the Panorama City area of Los Angeles County, ending a 127-square-mile quarantine that began Nov. 29, 2016. 

Even as high tech equipment and methods find their way into agriculture, farming and food production continue to depend on the perennial combination of seed, soil and someone to watch over them.

The International Agri-Center will host the 25th annual California Antique Farm Equipment Show (CAFES), April 28-30, in Tulare.

Hundreds of antique trucks, tractors, engines and farm equipment will be on display during the three-day show. Antique earth movers will be in action as they dig in the exposition area, and there will be a swap meet area for iron works, antiques and wood crafts.

SACRAMENTO — Three public stakeholder listening sessions and one webinar are scheduled from April 17 through April 28 to obtain feedback and comments on CDFA’s Alternative Manure Management Program (AMMP) framework.

The Tulare-Kings California Women for Agriculture (CWA) Chapter is hosting its annual Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser on Friday, May 5, at Koetsier Ranch in Visalia.

VISALIA — The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) officially mailed continuation referendum ballots, on March 30, asking CITRUS growers to vote on continuing the work of the Citrus Research Board (CRB) for the next five years. Voting is underway and growers have a 30-day period to vote, making all ballots due April 29. 

Annual dinner May 2 in Tulare

Tulare County Farm Bureau will host its annual meeting of members on Tuesday, May 2, in the Heritage Complex at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. 

 

April is awareness month for invasive plant pests

WASHINGTON — Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts. It only takes one person who moves one piece of infested firewood, one infected plant, or one piece of infested fruit to spread these invasive pests to a new area. That’s why USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has designated April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month. Spring is the perfect time to remind everyone of the simple steps they can take to prevent the spread of harmful invasive plant pests.

 

The Citrus Research Board will hold a post-harvest Pest Control seminar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in Exeter.