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Around The Valley – Biz Updates

Gas prices are at $2.99 a gallon at six stations in the Lodi /Turlock area today.

Tulare County Board of Supervisors rejected a call to slap a moratorium on new solar projects this week noting that the solar projects could create $12.7 million in economic benefit to the county in fees alone.

Corn futures fell to $ 6.94 a bushel Dec 20 declining over $1 from September and down from  $8.20 in August. The price spiked this summer because of the Midwest drought. Corn price s this time last year were $5.50. Livestock owners and ethanol makers have been hard hit by the price rise that should ease once a new crop comes in.

Milk Hearing Friday.CDFA will hold a dairy marketing hearing in Sacramento to hear proposals to raise milk component prices for six months in an effort to help struggling California dairymen.

Monterrey County leads the state in the value of all organic food production at $170 million worth of farm products on 20,000 acres. Fresno is number two at $131 million produced on 41,000 acres. Humboldt is third with $44 million on 70,000 acres.

The City of Tulare is processing the largest new home subdivision in years proposed by Central Valley Land Co on the city’s north side. Called the KCOK Ranch ,the 110 acre tract would have 343 residential units. The company is a partnership led by by Harvey May’s Paloma Development. The project that has been revised from an earlier hearing is east of Mooney and north of Seminole Ave. The plan will be the subject of a city EIR committee review December 21.

Kings County planning department is processing a General Plan Amendment and zone change for a 151 acre parcel on  I-5 at Utica Ave. – five miles south of Kettleman City.  The plan calls for allowing highway commercial uses with services like truck stop, hotels and restaurants  similar to what is offered in Kettleman City. The highway commercial  uses would be on 38 acres with the remainder zoned for light industrial uses.The land is now planted to an orchard on 120 acres. The proposal is by land owner Don Jackson.

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