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Valley Edition: Jan 6 - A Look Ahead to 2015 In Politics, Ag, Oil & The Arts

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This week on Valley Edition we look ahead to what 2015 will hold for the San Joaquin Valley in a variety of areas from the oil industry to the arts. We start with a look at the political landscape in 2015 by talking with Fresno State political science professor Thomas Holyoke.

For a preview of what the local agriculture industry has in store we talk with Ryan Jacobsen of the Fresno County Farm Bureau and Tricia Stever Blattler of the Tulare County Farm Bureau.

The valley's other big industry is energy and John Cox with the Bakersfield Californian joins us to talk about what the dramatic drop in oil prices might mean for the economy of Kern County. Finally, we close our show with a look at the state of the arts in 2015 with David Gordon from the Kern Arts Council of Kern and Lilia Chavez of the Fresno Arts Council.

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.