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March 16, 1999 | From Reuters
In a move that could dramatically enhance the role genetics play in world food production, chemical giant DuPont Co. said Monday it would buy leading seed producer Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in a $7.7-billion deal. The two companies signed a definitive agreement calling for a cash-and-stock merger that would give DuPont a new wholly owned unit with $5 billion in annual sales and a global marketing force devoted to the most fundamental of all agricultural products--seeds.
March 28, 2014 | By Neela Banerjee
WASHINGTON - In an effort to deliver on President Obama's pledge last summer to tackle emissions that drive climate change, the White House announced a strategy to limit releases of methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. The methane strategy, disclosed Friday, is the most recent in a string of climate change initiatives that the White House has unveiled at a rapid pace in recent weeks. It lays the groundwork for regulations that could affect agriculture and the oil, gas and coal industries.
January 24, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Genetically Modified Tomato OKd: DNA Plant Technology Inc. said it has clearance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to sell the tomato, which will be marketed under the Endless Summer brand name by the Oakland firm's FreshWorld Farms unit. Distribution will be expanded later this year, said DNA Plant, which plans to begin test marketing in March. The company said the tomato ripens slowly, so it can reach supermarket shelves in peak condition without special handling.
March 9, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Forget farmers vs. fishermen - or south state vs. north state. California's current water war is being waged most intensely by farmers against fellow farmers. It's a Central Valley civil war. And within that vast food-producing region - Bakersfield to Redding - it's the San Joaquin Valley vs. the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Southern California is a paying participant, siding with the San Joaquin, but in a less combative role. Its goal is to ensure a more reliable flow of delta water over the Tehachapi.
October 18, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
When did human beings first begin to rapidly spread around the globe? According to a new genetic analysis published Thursday, it was more than 10,000 years ago -- before agriculture took hold. Lines of evidence from linguistics and anthropology have led many researchers to argue that agriculture allowed humans to spread more rapidly and widely than ever before because of the increased food security it provided. But genetic analyses that use the DNA of people alive today to trace population origins have often been contradictory, in part because genomic data itself has not been randomly collected from people around the world -- a necessary precondition that allows scientists to accurately model where people came from, and when.
September 29, 2007 | By Sara Lin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Fight Heavily Armed Villains. Invent New Snacks. Save the Planet. Agriculture schools in California and throughout the nation are hoping fresh slogans will cultivate interest among high school graduates who don't know wheat from Wheaties. The same universities that a generation ago churned out legions of agriculture professionals today largely struggle to woo students. And many students who are studying agriculture are clamoring for cheese class and wine-making seminars, shunning traditional fields such as soil science and crop production.
September 15, 1996
M. Stephen Sheldon is way off base in his criticism of the Pierce College Agriculture Department and his belief that only agriculture faculty and neighbors support the agriculture programs. (Letters to the Valley Edition, Sept. 1.) Support for preservation and restoration of the 240-acre farm and the modernization of the agriculture curricula is widespread throughout the Los Angeles area. I know because I have spent the past five years listening to students, teachers, parents, community business and service organizations, and the agriculture industry voice their support.
February 20, 1986 | Associated Press
John R. Norton III, the acting secretary of agriculture, announced Wednesday that he was quitting after five days on the job. Norton, who gave no reason for the resignation, was not available for comment. Norton had been serving in the post since the departure of John R. Block. He holds extensive farming interests in California and Arizona and is the former head of the J. R. Norton Co.
April 9, 2000
Re "Engineered Crops Yield Many Fears," Ventura County Perspective, April 2. It's obvious that the American public is afraid of the possibilities and consequences that biotechnology has the ability to harvest. With this being the future of agriculture, both in plant and animal production, much is yet to be heard on the issue. As with any new technology or discovery, our first human reaction is to be afraid of it and to dream up all the horrible outcomes. How easily we forget that eventually we learn to master the technology that we have created and use it to our benefit.
September 12, 2005 | From Reuters
Starting Tuesday, world trade negotiators will try to do in three months what they have failed to do in more than three years: clinch a deal to free up global trade. The World Trade Organization's so-called Doha round, launched in 2001, missed its 2004 target for conclusion, and member states will now try to wrap up most of the hard bargaining by the time ministers meet in Hong Kong in mid-December.
March 3, 2014 | By Catherine Wolfram and David Zetland
California's drought has everyone talking about ways to save water. Gov. Jerry Brown has implored residents to reduce their consumption by 20%. One writer suggested Angelenos share showers. A nonprofit is encouraging people not to waste even ice cubes that drop to the floor: Don't toss them, says Save Our Water, use them to water plants. Our conservation efforts, even the tiniest ones, have a second overlooked benefit: They also save energy. Water is essentially liquid energy. We don't think about it that way. But every drop must be moved, treated and heated.
February 5, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration will set up 10 centers around the country to help farmers and ranchers adjust to the increasing frequency of severe weather and other risks associated with climate change. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the sites Wednesday, saying the goal was to help the agriculture industry adjust to new conditions, including extended fire seasons, invasive pests, flooding and drought. "It's a reflection of the changing weather patterns that will indeed impact and affect crop production, livestock production," Vilsack told reporters.
February 4, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congress gave final approval Tuesday to a nearly $1-trillion farm bill, a hard-fought compromise that sets policy over agricultural subsidies, nutrition programs and the food stamp safety net for the next five years. The Senate approved the measure, 68-32, as a cross-section of farm state senators from both parties fought opposition from budget hawks and some liberals and sent the bill to the White House for President Obama's signature.
January 13, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - A coalition of organic farmers, nutritionists and environmental justice activists is jumping into the rough-and-tumble politics at California's Capitol. The California Food Policy Council, a network of 19 groups around the state, wants to persuade legislators to pass laws that would support sustainable agriculture and safeguard soil and water quality for large and small farmers. The idea, organizers say, is to make healthful, affordable food options available for low-income urban dwellers, schoolchildren and others.
December 30, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Prince William is going back to school and apparently looking to become one of Britain's highest educated royals. The second in line to the throne will be enrolling in a 10-week course in agricultural management at Cambridge University, Kensington Palace announced Monday.   William graduated with a degree in geography from the University of St. Andrews in 2005 and is reportedly taking the new course to help him run the Duchy of Cornwall, currently run by his father, Prince Charles, the Guardian newspaper reported . PHOTOS: Kate Middleton through the years It's been quite the year for the Duke of Cambridge: After welcoming son Prince George in July with his wife, Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, William announced in September that he would be leaving the military to become a full-time royal.
December 18, 2013 | By David Pierson
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is trying to bar Chinese poultry from federal school lunch and other nutrition programs because of China's poor record on food safety. On Wednesday, 12 Democratic representatives and two Republicans called for language in the 2014 agriculture appropriations bill to ensure that chicken processed in China is not included in the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Child and Adult Care Food and Summer Food Service programs. "Children are our most vulnerable population with respect to food-borne illnesses and sensitivity to potentially dangerous chemicals," the lawmakers said in a letter to fellow members of Congress.
February 20, 2008
Re "Huge beef recall issued," Feb. 18 The credibility of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Steve Mendell, president of Hallmark Meat Packing and its distributor, Westland, is zero. Either they were unaware that sick animals were abused and fed to an unsuspecting public, or they turned a blind eye in the name of greed. Either way, they need to be held responsible. But they are merely a reflection of an agricultural system gone bad. Old McDonald had a farm, but he was put out of business by large factory farming operations and a complicit USDA that put profit above all else.
October 20, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - It's a wrap for Gov. Jerry Brown, Sacramento's leading man. He closed out the 2013 legislative session by addressing the last of 901 bills sent him by lawmakers: signing 805 and vetoing 96 others. With a sometimes bill-a-minute voting frenzy behind them, legislators now want to slow down and think about a range of problems that dog California. Assembly and Senate committees are holding "interim hearings" around the state. Among the more engaging topics: "Human Rights, Diversity and Race Relations," "Threats to the Pacific Ocean," "Military Sexual Trauma" and "Defense and Aerospace Industry's ability to remain competitive in California.
October 2, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
SIDROLANDIA, Brazil - Early one morning in May, gunfire rang out in a rural encampment of the indigenous Terena tribe in southwestern Brazil, killing Oziel Gabriel, who had been carrying a bow and arrow. Though violent disputes over land between farm owners and tribesmen aren't uncommon in Brazil, this case has drawn attention because witnesses say Gabriel, a school janitor in his mid-30s, wasn't shot by pistoleiros - hired gunmen sent by farm owners to clear native Brazilians off the land - but by uniformed police officers.
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