Archive for Agriculture

Farm Bureau Event Thanks Ag Supporters

Jun 21, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The Fresno County Farm Bureau, established in 1917, held its annual Celebrating Friends of Agriculture at the Blue Moon Yosemite Station at the Fresno Fairgrounds Thursday evening. Among the invited guests were local agricultural leaders, including farmers and ranchers, as well as media.  As is the tradition, awards were presented to media for [...]

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Hong Kong Delegation to Tour Fresno County Packing Plants

Jun 11, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County (EDC) has announced that a Business Delegation from Hong Kong will be visiting Fresno County on Wednesday, June 12 for the purpose of investing in our region by purchasing local products. The delegation, consisting of 14 business leaders, will experience and see firsthand how products go from the [...]

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Farm Credit Leads Effort to Support Diversity in Agricultural Education

Jun 05, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Four of California’s top agricultural lenders have partnered to support Fresno State in the recruitment and training of the next generation of students in agriculture. American AgCredit, Farm Credit West, Fresno Madera Farm Credit and CoBank have teamed up to support the Multicultural Scholars in Agriculture program in the Jordan College of Agricultural [...]

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Bass Lake Farmer’s Market to Resume May 22

May 17, 2013 No Comments

BASS LAKE – A tradition that has quickly gained a following in the mountain communities resumes May 22 as the Certified Bass Lake Farmer’s Market prepares to start its sixth year. Put on by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, the weekly market takes place at The Pines Village and includes numerous vendors as well [...]

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IBM Team Departs Fresno Excited About Economic Opportunities

May 10, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The seven-person IMB Smarter Cities Challenge Team wrapped up its three-week stay in Fresno with a presentation at Fresno City Hall where they offered suggestions as to how Fresno could be more economically viable. Team member Brian Snitzer said that because of Fresno’s strong agricultural community, which produces more than 350 different crops, [...]

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Berryhill to Speak at Grizzlies’ Farm Forum May 17

May 06, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund’s Farm Grown program will welcome California State Senator Tom Berryhill for the May 17 Farm Forum in The CRU Club at Chukchansi Park. Berryhill, a fourth generation family farmer and two-term state legislator, is also the vice president of Berryhill Orchards, Inc. and the owner of Tom Berryhill [...]

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Fresno Welcomes IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team

Apr 23, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – A six-member global IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team began its three-week stay in Fresno this morning, with the goal of putting an implementation plan in place to spur economic development in the Fresno area. The team will be looking at the work done so far by the Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) team [...]

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2013 San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition Winners Announced

Apr 15, 2013 No Comments

KINGSBURG – The judges have spoken and the results are in – 94 wines have merited awards at the 2013 San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition Held April 4 at Ramos-Torres Winery in Kingsburg. Wines for the competition came from every region of California.  Chief Judge Glenn Grabiec, along with the team of judges, digested all [...]

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Immigration Reform Needs to Happen ‘Once and for All’

Apr 10, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – Manuel Cunha Jr., president of the Nisei Farmers League, says the pressure is on President Barack Obama to deal with the current “flawed” immigration system, and the House and Senate are taking action to deal with the situation. “The congressmen and senators saw the writing on the wall, that a large percentage of [...]

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Common Threads Awards Program Honors Women in Agriculture

Apr 05, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO –  Six women representing Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced and Tulare counties have been selected as the 2013 honorees for the Common Threads Award, which recognizes women from the San Joaquin Valley for their agricultural, philanthropic and community service. The Common Threads Award recipients for 2013 are Stephanie Marchini of Le Grand, Sandra Faust [...]

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New Gibson Farm Market Opens

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The long-awaited new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market opened today on the Fresno State campus, which is nearly double the size of the previous market and is still offering its signature items, including delicious ice cream, sweet corn and olive oil. Among the attendees welcoming the market at the grand opening/ribbon cutting [...]

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National Agriculture Week is this Week

Mar 18, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – National Agriculture Week takes place this week. The week recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by agriculture. “In Fresno County, the agriculture industry makes a significant contribution to our local economy. In 2011, agricultural production at the farm gate totaled $6.88 billion,” said Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen. “For every $1 [...]

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Fresno Food Expo – Numbers Are Rising

Mar 15, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The Fresno Food Expo has come a long way since its first run at The Grand in downtown Fresno just two years ago. Back then, 65 local food companies had exhibits featuring their products, and last year that number jumped to 85 Valley-based food producers.  Registered buyers have also increased, with 175 attending [...]

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Wine Competition Entries Due March 25

Mar 12, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association has announced that veteran wine judge Glenn Grabiec has agreed to take the lead for the 2013 San Joaquin Valley Wine Competition, to be held April 4 in Kingsburg, Calif. Unique to the SJVWC is the organization of the judging panels:  one panel of classically trained and [...]

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Fresno Food Expo Announces New 2014 Date

Mar 06, 2013 No Comments

  FRESNO – Mark your calendars:  next year, the Fresno Food Expo will be held on July 24 rather than in March, as it has been in previous years. The date change was made to accommodate the 2,500-plus fresh produce growers and packers in the San Joaquin Valley that accounted for nearly $106 billion in [...]

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40 Under 40: Elena Stefanopoulos – Stamoules Produce Company

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

Elena Stefanopoulos is originally from Greece, but moved with her family to the area when she was an infant.  She was involved in sports during her years at San Joaquin Memorial High School, and later graduated from California State University, Fresno in 1998 with a degree in history.  Shortly after, Stefanopoulos joined her family’s business, [...]

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New Product Awards to Premiere at Fresno Food Expo

Mar 01, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – This year’s Fresno Food Expo will have a great new addition in the Inaugural San Joaquin Valley New Product Awards, where the winning company will not only have bragging rights but also a spotlight on them in front of the attending buyers during the Expo. “It’s an element that we added to the [...]

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Teat Spray Robot Makes U.S. Premiere at World Ag Expo

Feb 14, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – DeLaval Inc. out of Vernon Hills, IL has brought a number of its innovations to the World Ag Expo this year, but the one that is generating perhaps the most buzz is its Teat Spray Robot, which sprays a cow’s teats with a sanitary solution prior to milk extraction.  The robot brings consistency, [...]

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GK Switchblade Scraper Simplifies Land Leveling

Feb 13, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – Rice growers in central California are among those discovering the quicker, easier way the 24 foot-long GPS controlled GK Switchblade Scraper flattens out their land. “It’s a land plane land leveler that’s GPS controlled,” said Jim Wolf with GK Machine Inc., the company out of Donald, Ore.  that manufactures the blade.  “We can [...]

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World Ag Expo Marks 46th Edition

Feb 12, 2013 No Comments

TULARE – People from 90 different countries around the world are converging on the World Ag Expo in Tulare from today through Thursday looking for exhibitors whose products they wish to purchase and learning about ways to grow their crops more efficiently. Jerry Sinift, CEO of the International Agri-Center, said this year’s show is sold out with [...]

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