Residents of Terra Bella have filed suit against the County of Tulare, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors, and the Tulare County Resource Management Agency for permitting an expansion of the Setton Pistachio industrial processing facility without adequate environmental review.

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On Monday, U.S. Representative T.J. Cox-D, who represents a portion of southwestern Tulare County, and California Rep. John Garamendi-D, sent a letter urging leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to include wate…

Setton Farms has announced it will build a school in Terra Bella that will focus on industrial robotics and technology. The new school will be called Setton Academy.

In coordination with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and local community organizations, Tulare County Health and Human Services announced on Friday the Healthy Harvest program, bringing housing support to the county’s agriculture and farmworkers during the ongoing COVID-19 …

One of the most prominent annual events in Tulare County — and one of the world's biggest agricultural events — has become the latest event to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rep. T.J. Cox-D, who represents a portion of Southwestern Tulare County, introduced the Western Water Storage Infrastructure Act, an $800 million bill addressing surface and groundwater storage and water delivery.

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Wonderful Pistachios, the nation's largest farmer and largest pistachio processor, has sued Tulare County over the expansion of a rival's operation west of Terra Bella.

The Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency has proposed a groundwater extraction fee to be charged to property owners within its district.

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There's no denying for Tulare County and the San Joaquin Valley to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, what's being done in agricultural will play a huge role.

The fight between the state and federal government over the use of the Delta River has basically stalled how long-term water deliveries from that vital source will be executed.

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced a new effort during his press conference on Friday to protect essential workers in the state, including California's 625,000 agriculture and farmworkers.

Democratic members of Congress in California and Arizona are calling for U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue to extend coronavirus relief programs to cotton growers in California and throughout the Southwestern United States.

Hayley Tharp, of Porterville, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association, reports Mark McCully, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo..

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the agricultural industry hard just like everyone else, but a couple of developments last week will certainly be helpful to those in agriculture.

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The final weigh-ins for the Bid for the Kid livestock sale took place on Saturday morning at the Porterville Fairgrounds barn, where there was a long line of trucks waiting even before the 9 a.m start time hit.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office recognizes these are times of prolonged isolation, making it important for people to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. That being said, TCSO wants to make sure they’re doing it without interfering in the day to day operations of the agricultural industry.

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All four Miller children — senior Abigale, sophomore Kaydence, eighth-grader Isabelle and fourth-grader Elijah — are part of the Pleasant View 4-H Club and were planning to show their hogs and goats at the Porterville Fair in May, until it was canceled on March 25 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

One element of the fair remains with the Save our Sale and Bid for the Kid allowing 4-H and FFA exhibitors to receive add-ons or sell one animal each. Buyer information must be received by 4 p.m. or postmarked Friday, May 1, for purchase or add-ons to sale animals, according to the Porterville Fair website. Visit portervillefair.com for more information. 

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EDITOR'S NOTE: All animals listed in this story with tag numbers available for purchase through the Porterville Fair's Save our Sale and Bid for the Kid. Buyers have until 4 p.m. on Friday, May 1, to submit purchase or add-on forms.

Trinity Avila hates raising hogs. She has three lambs: Shelton (7619), Blake and Gwen. 

Her big brother, Tyler Avila, strongly dislikes lambs. He has three hogs: Johnny (778), Calvin and Klein.

But with six animals and busy athletic schedules for both siblings; the brother and sister, their parents and grandparents come together to take care of all the animals, regardless of if they like one species a lot more than the other.

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Hailey Henschel knows these are her last few days with her pig, Banks (797).

The two are close and it’s obvious in the way they interact. Whether they’re separated by the bars of Banks’ pen or side-by-side in open area at the Strathmore High School farm, one thing is certain — Banks loves Henschel and Henschel loves Banks. 

But their time is short and Henschel is selling her swine project through the Porterville Fair’s Save our Sale and Bid for the Kid livestock sale. Buyers and those wanting to donate via add-on must submit their paperwork by Friday, May 1. Visit portervillefair.com for more information.

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Thirteen-year olds, Cameron Shelton and Hailey Carothers, were planning to make the most of the Porterville Fair this year and raised new species to show and sell at the fair, but the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders shut down their plans. 

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Once stay-at-home orders began going out in response to the coronavirus pandemic mid-March, Elizabeth Steenbergen knew there was a chance she wouldn’t be able to sell her hog, Wild (1018).

“When businesses and other places started closing down I was worried about being able to sell him at the fair,” Steenbergen said in an email. “We invested a lot of money into my hog and we were hoping to sell him and break even or make a little bit of profit off of him.”

Thankfully, Steenbergen still has an opportunity to sell her hog through the Porterville Fair’s Save our Sale and Bid for the Kid. Buyers can purchase or donate through add-ons for any animal or exhibitor by Friday, May 1. Visit portervillefair.com for more information.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance program to assist farmers and ranchers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $2 trillion stimulus package signed into law by President Trump on Friday includes $48.9 billion for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

As expected because it’s been classified as an abnormally dry year so far, area farmers will be receive less water when it comes to their initial water allocations.

Groundwater sustainability plans have been submitted to the state and are now online at the Department of Water Resources’ SGMA Portal, SGMA.water.ca.gov/GSPcomments for public review.

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California Citrus Mutual officials and those from other fresh produce industries were in Washington D.C. recently to express their concerns over such issues trade, the budget, and the workforce in the fresh produce industry.

Dairy farm families and cows have long been part of Tulare County life. The area remains the nation’s leading county in dairy production.

Two bills sponsored by U.S. Representative T.J. Cox-D to help this area with its water situation has cleared a huge hurdle.

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Driving along rural highways to get to the World Ag Expo on Wednesday, February 12, was a thrill. Abundant crops in neat checkerboard fields were thrilling to see, and bee boxes were set out in the almond and walnut orchards that lined the roadway intermittently.

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TULARE — Traditionally the Farmer’s Almanac predicts rainy weather during early to middle February said Lt. Boatman from the Tulare Police Department, who was helping on the first day of the 2020 World Ag Expo on Tuesday, at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. 

The Central Valley is home to the largest concentration of dairies in California. The region suffers from widespread groundwater contamination, poor air quality, heavy truck traffic, high rates of asthma and other chronic and acute health conditions.

The world’s largest agricultural show is just one week away.

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.