Archive for Agriculture

International Agri-Center Hosts Free Brunch with Santa

Dec 03, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – The public is welcome to attend the International Agri-Center’s annual Brunch with Santa in Tulare on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual brunch launches the holiday season with a free event for the whole family to enjoy. Brunch is prepared by International Agri-Center volunteers and is complete with [...]

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Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Down for 2013

Nov 26, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 28th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 people is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s average of $49.48. The AFBF survey shopping list includes turkey, bread stuffing, sweet [...]

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Fresno State Winery Celebrates French Wine Tradition Le Vin Nouveau

Nov 18, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO — Le Vin Nouveau, the university’s annual tribute to a French fall wine tradition, will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Fresno State Winery. “According to tradition, at one minute after midnight on the third Thursday of each November, winemakers in France release their first vintage of the year, Beaujolais Nouveau, with much [...]

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’40 Under 40′ – John Chandler – Chandler Farms

Nov 04, 2013 No Comments

John Chandler is a fourth generation farmer in the Central Valley. His family has been farming in Fresno County for over 100 years.  The farm grows peaches, plums, nectarines, almonds, citrus, and grapes for raisins and wine. Chandler recently returned to the family farm after leaving his job as consultant to the California Senate Committee [...]

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’40 Under 40′ – Katie Rodgers – Fresno County Farm Bureau

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

Katie Rodgers, a native of Galt, graduated from California State University, Fresno in 2009, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and minors in communication and mass communication and journalism. After graduating, Rodgers began working as the public relations manager at the Fresno County Farm Bureau (FCFB).  She oversees the correspondence and publications of the [...]

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’40 Under 40′ – Megan Jacobsen – California Grape and Tree Fruit League

Oct 10, 2013 No Comments

Born and raised in Fresno County on her family’s raisin and winegrape farming operation, Megan developed a strong understanding and passion for the agriculture industry at a very young age. She is a proud graduate of California State University, Fresno, where she majored in agriculture communications, with emphasis in public relations, and was a member [...]

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Agriculturalist and Ag Business of the Year Announced

Oct 09, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The Fresno Chamber of Commerce and Baker, Peterson & Franklin, CPA, LLP announced the Agriculturalist and Ag Business of the Year this morning at The Big Fresno Fair. The 2013 Agriculturalist of the Year is Supervisor John P. “Phil” Larson of the Fresno County board of supervisors, a lifelong resident and farmer in [...]

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Professor Michelle Ganci Wins Highest Award by Poultry Association

Oct 04, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Michelle Ganci, professor of animal science for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State, received the California Poultry Federation’s Golden Rooster Award. The award is the highest honor given by the federation and was presented to Ganci at its annual conference, Sept. 19 in Monterey, Calif. “I have to [...]

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The Big Fresno Fair Opens for the 130th Time

Oct 02, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The Big Fresno Fair celebrated its 130th run yesterday with its annual Opening Ceremonies, during which time attendees at the Blue Moon Station celebrated years of success dating back to 1883. One of this year’s guests was Secretary Karen Ross with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, who was visiting the fair [...]

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Art Exhibit to Showcase Agriculture

Sep 27, 2013 No Comments

MADERA – The beauty of agriculture will once again be on display as the Madera County Arts Council once again celebrates Ag with the Arts. “2013 marks our 20th year highlighting the agricultural heritage of Central California through the works of California artists,” said Dr. Diane Rich with the council. Numerous works of art depicting [...]

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Valley Farm Exhibit Ribbon Cutting at Fresno Chaffee Zoo Tomorrow

Sep 26, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State partnered with Fresno Chaffee Zoo and other Central Valley organizations to create a new zoo exhibit, Valley Farm. The Valley Farm ribbon cutting ceremony is 8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at Fresno Chaffee Zoo (894 W. Belmont Ave). The former Small Wonders [...]

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‘Valley’s Gold’ Series Set to Premiere Sept. 18

Sep 12, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Fresno County Farm Bureau and ValleyPBS have announced the debut of ‘Valley’s Gold,’ a weekly series that will present a behind-the-scenes look at the economic engine that drives our region, agriculture. The show will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. only on ValleyPBS. The program will re-broadcast each weekend on Saturday at 6:30 [...]

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Golf Tournament to Support AgVentures! Learning Center

Sep 11, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – The International Agri-Center will host its annual golf tournament on Friday, September 27, at the Tulare Golf Course. The event benefits AgVentures!, an agricultural learning center which hosts thousands of visitors each year-including many local schools and community groups. “AgVentures! is an important part of the International Agri-Center, and we ask for the [...]

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Farm & Nutrition Day Planned for March 21

Sep 09, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Fresno County Farm Bureau, The Big Fresno Fair and Friends of the Fair, the Fair’s non-profit organization, are proud to announce that Fresno County schools can now register for the ninth annual Farm & Nutrition Day, which invites all third graders from throughout Fresno County to the Fresno Fairgrounds on Friday, March 21, [...]

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University Receives Four New Patents for Drought-tolerant Plants

Sep 06, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Fresno State received four new patents for cultivated varieties of cactus plants that can be grown in areas of the Valley with high selenium levels and limited access to quality water. The patents are co-owned by the university, Red Rock Ranch and the United States Department of Agriculture. “Developing new salt- and boron-tolerant [...]

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International Agri-Center Hosts Chamber Mixer and Mural Dedication

Aug 22, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – The International Agri-Center will host a “Business After Hours” mixer in Tulare today at 5:30 p.m. The event, which will also include a mural dedication, will give the business community an opportunity to network and learn about the many special events the International Agri-Center’s facilities can host. Attendees will learn about local businesses and [...]

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International Agri-Center and Partner to Help Veterans

Aug 06, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – Since its launch at World Ag Expo in February of 2012, the Ag Warriors program has assisted veterans in search of careers in the agriculture industry. The program, which has provided veterans with training and career building resources, will be continued by, the leading online career site and human resource service provider for [...]

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Citrus Pest Sightings Cause Major Quarantine in Tulare County

Jul 31, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – A 178 square mile area in Tulare County has been put under quarantine after sightings of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) pest at three sites around Porterville, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The ACP is a potential threat because it can carry the disease huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening.  [...]

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‘Garbage Guts’ is First ‘Dog Bowl Ice Cream’ Champion

Jul 16, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The “Garbage Guts” team of Fresno/Clovis is the first Fresno State ‘Dog Bowl Ice Cream’ champion after beating out 12 other teams at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market’s 7th annual Fresno State Farm Festival on July 13. The team of Rob Wike, Bruce Henderson, Brandon Williams and Dakota Daffron finished their 12 scoops – two [...]

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AgVenture! Day a Hit with Local Students

Jun 25, 2013 No Comments

TULARE - The International Agri-Center recently hosted Tulare and Visalia area fourth graders for the first annual “AgVenture! Day.”  The event, which drew 1,600 local students, taught about agriculture and the importance of good nutrition. Teachers and students spent the day learning from farmers, ranchers, nutrition experts and other representatives in the agriculture industry.  Demonstrations included sheep shearing, [...]

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