Lower prices for nuts, milk and grapes contributed to an 11 percent decline in the overall value of Madera County’s crops in 2015Values fell to $2 billion. Still, it is one of the leading ag counties in the state, and is led by almonds, which earned $787 million in 2015.
Most Hmong farmers here lease small plots of land just outside Fresno or Clovis, many less than 10 acres. Now five years into the state’s historic drought, some are struggling to save their farms as wells go dry on land they don’t own.
The Fresno Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for its Agriculturalist of the Year award. The award honors people who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the Fresno agricultural community.
Fresno County’s crop value fell to $6.61 billion last year from a high of $7 billion in 2014 as the region battled drought, lower commodity prices and production issues. The drop was a disappointment, but not a surprise as the 2015 Fresno County Crop Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Almonds remain the county’s top crop, followed by grapes and poultry.
The U.S. Agriculture Department says California is now clear of bovine tuberculosis, making it easier to move cattle across state lines. The most recent case was detected three years ago in Tulare County.
Despite a concerted campaign by growers who objected to her ties to United Farm Workers union lobbyist Richie Ross, the California Senate on Thursday approved Genevieve Shiroma’s appointment to the Agricultural Labor Relations Board for a fourth time.
Lindsay Jordan is growing 56 varieties of grapes with a goal of learning how some flourish or fail in the central San Joaquin Valley. She is also running a project to evaluate nematode-resistant rootstock, which could potentially provide growers a way to escape the pests.
Lindsay Jordan, a farm adviser working with UC Cooperative Extension in Madera, Merced and Mariposa counties, shows how she's helping develop wine grapes from heritage varieties that will flourish in the Valley's heat.
A West Hills Community College student combines his ag labor experience and coding interest to help a hackathon team build Ag For Hire. The application provides an online platform for farmers and laborers to create profiles, post and search for jobs and, ultimately, fulfill the needs of the agricultural community.
A former Fresno chicken slaughterhouse worker pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor animal cruelty after he was caught on camera ripping fistfuls of feathers out of live chickens, beating them with a severed chicken leg, and throwing them around repeatedly.