Cotton Acreage May Be Lowest Since the 1920s

The downward spiral of California cotton plantings will continue this year, with only 170,000 estimated acres. Roger Isom, president of the California Cotton Growers Association, told members at the association’s 25th annual meeting in Visalia there were three reasons for the lowest total cotton acres planted since the 1920s. “Water, prices and competing crops are […]

Porterville Resident Among Leadership Farm Bureau Class Members

Intensive leadership training and a focus on issues affecting California farmers and ranchers lie ahead for the 10 people chosen for the 2015 class of the Leadership Farm Bureau program. The Class of 2015 was formally introduced today during the annual California Farm Bureau Federation Leaders Conference in Sacramento. Leadership Farm Bureau is a leadership-development […]

Valencia Orange Production Forecast 20 Million Cartons

The March 2014-15 Valencia orange forecast is 20 million cartons. The March 10 National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) forecast was based on the results of the 2014-15 Valencia Orange Objective Measurement (O.M.) Survey, which was conducted from January 16 to February 14, 2015. Estimated fruit set per tree, fruit diameter, trees per acre, bearing acreage, […]

Young Farmers and Ranchers Celebrate Local Agriculture with Annual Charity Race

We all benefit from a safe, reliable food supply produced by our very own American family farmers. To celebrate our local agriculture community, Tulare County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) committee will host their annual Grocery Cart Race on Sunday, March 22 at 7am in Tulare to celebrate National Ag Week, March 16-22. […]

Market Disruption in Agriculture

When one looks for what is commonly referred to as a “Market Disruptor” in neighboring Silicon Valley, most would not look to agriculture. Yet agriculture is poised for massive market disruption and World Ag Expo 2015 was the stage to see it. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (e.g. “drones”), satellite imagery and remote sensing technologies for water, […]