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Get Money to Trade in Your Old Lawn Mower For a New, Electric One

Get Money to Trade in Your Old Lawn Mower For a New, Electric One

Back by popular demand, the Air District’s Clean Green Yard Machines program opens June 4 with more funding and more lawn mower options than ever before.


The program removes older, polluting, gas-powered lawn mowers from use and replaces them with emission-free, cordless, electric mowers at significantly reduced cost to Valley consumers.


"This is, by far, our most popular consumer program, and with this historic funding level, we’re able to help more Valley residents," said Samir Sheikh, the Air District’s director of incentive programs.


The program has been retooled from a voucher-based incentive program to a rebate program, and consumers can select from a wide range of mowers to replace their gas-powered mowers. Rebates are granted on a sliding scale up to $250, depending on the price of the new mower.

Blossom Trail 2013!

Blossom Trail 2013!

Grab the tissue, antihistimine, sunglasses, camera and maybe even a picnic and enjoy the Fresno County Blossom Trail


PG&E Offers Free Workshop for Growers on Rebates and Incentives

PG&E Offers Free Workshop for Growers on Rebates and Incentives

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) invites you to a session specifically for agriculture customers. The focus will be on how your business can manage electricity costs. PG&E representatives will discuss Time-Varying Pricing, energy efficiency, tools and programs to help better manage your energy costs.

The workshop will be on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Fresno County Farm Bureau office, at 1274 West Hedges Ave., Fresno, CA 93728 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.


8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.     Registration/Breakfast

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.     Safety/Introductions

9:15 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Time-Varying Pricing Updates

9:30 a.m.- 10 a.m.     Service Planning Green Book Updates/New Business Process

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Ag Safety Board Demonstrations

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Solar

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Ag Rebates/Incentives

11:45 a.m.

$150 Award for 4th Graders

$150 Award for 4th Graders




Some lucky fourth-grader will win $150 if he or she is the winner of the 14th Annual Farm Water Poster Contest sponsored by the California Farm Water Coalition. Teachers of the top three entries will each receive a $100 cash award for classroom supplies.

The contest recognizes "Water Awareness Month" and emphasizes how California farmers use water to produce food and fiber.

"It has been amazing to view the entries over the years and realize that these students have grasped the importance of water to California farmers," said Mike Wade, Coalition Executive Director. "The posters have not only portrayed the use of water on the farm but also its source."

Safety Tips in Stormy Weather

Safety Tips in Stormy Weather


With winter rain and thunderstorms that occur, wind can cause trees to blow over on power lines. Wet roads also cause traffic accidents that may result in autos hitting power poles. Electric power lines are designed to be out of the public’s reach.

When electric power lines fall to the ground they should be considered “live”, or energized, with electricity flowing. If you see a downed power line:  Don’t touch or try to move the power line, or anything in contact with it.  Do call 911.  Do keep yourself, children and animals far away. 

If a power line falls across a vehicle:  If you’re not in the vehicle, stay far away and keep others away while calling 911.  If you’re inside the vehicle, if it’s safe, stay in the car until help arrives. 

Get Help Replacing Your Outdated Ag Equipment

Get Help Replacing Your Outdated Ag Equipment

Eight free, two-hour workshops with information and grant application assistance for replacing agricultural equipment including tractors, mobile equipment and stationary ag pumps are scheduled Jan. 14-17 throughout the Valley.

The workshops will be hosted by staff from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s grant program, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, public utility companies and the agricultural community.

“This grant program fills a big need, and we anticipate a healthy attendance at these events,” said Aaron Tarango, a District grant program supervisor.

The workshop schedule is as follows:


Monday, Jan. 14

9-11 a.m.: Kings County Administration Bldg., multipurpose room, 1400 W. Lacey Blvd., Hanford

1-3 p.m.: Fresno County Farm Bureau, 1274 W. Hedges Ave., Fresno


Tuesday, Jan.

Be Prepared If You Want to See the Big Trees!

Be Prepared If You Want to See the Big Trees!

Temperatures and weather patterns can be drastically different throughout the valley—but it’s even more extreme in the national parks!

Daytime temperatures can vary 20-30 degrees depending on your location. While shorts and sandals may be appropriate in the foothills in the spring and early summer, it may not be in the higher elevations where there may be several feet of snow on the ground.

Why do I have to use tire chains here?

You can't see the Big Trees without them and you may not be safe without them!

Tire chains or cables may be required throughout most of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks due to snowfall/storms at any time between early fall through late spring/early summer.

Upon entering these chain-restricted areas, visitors need to have proper fitting chains in good repair. Ensure that chains fit and practice installing them prior to entering the parks.