“Drill for Will” Project for Well Deepening Reaches Out to Visalians

Paul Buxman, Tulare County’s premier agricultural landscape artist-in-residence, has launched a rescue effort for Fresno County farmer Will Scott, Jr. Scott is a small-scale, organic Black farmer who has organized other Black farmers for mutual support, aided young people in getting back to the land, and produced healthy food once common in rural Black diets […]

Groundwater: Resource Remains Vast, Difficult to Define Fully

It’s a vital California resource, but groundwater isn’t easily understood—and during the state’s four-year drought, as groundwater pumping has increased in response to reduced surface supplies, it has been the subject of sometimes-alarming, but not necessarily accurate, public statements about the health of the resource. The drought has focused attention on groundwater and newly adopted […]

USDA NASS Begins Gathering Fruit, Vegetable Operation Food Safety Data

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is now surveying produce packers and other post-harvest businesses to help fruit and vegetables operations as they prepare to implement new federal food safety requirements. The 2015 Produce Post-Harvest Microbial Food Safety Practices Survey marks the first time since 1998 that such a survey has […]

It’s Final — Tulare County Agriculture is Number One

When the agriculture commissioner, Marilyn Kinoshita, announced Tulare County’s production numbers a few weeks ago it was assumed that Tulare County would be the number one agriculture producer in the nation. That assumption was confirmed last week when Fresno County released its 2014 production numbers. Fresno County’s agriculture production for 2014 was $7.03 billion, which […]

Most of U.S. Rented Farmland is Owned by Non-Farmers

Agricultural producers rented and farmed 353.8 million acres of farmland, according to the results of the 2014 Tenure, Ownership, and Transition of Agricultural Land (TOTAL) survey results released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Of these acres, 80 percent are owned by non-farming landlords. According to the survey results, […]

CSET Hosted Drought Resource Fair on August 27

More than 125 community members attended CSET’s Drought Resource Center resource fair on August 27. Families received information on drought-related services and programs, and other family resources. Community partner booths included: CalFresh, Family Health Care Network, Covered California, the Employment Development Department, the Tulare County Employment Connection (a proud partner of America’s Job Center of […]