March 15, 2001 |
The relentless spread of foot-and-mouth disease among livestock in Europe has stirred alarm and dredged up bitter memories in agricultural communities across California, from northern cattle country to the vast industrial dairies of Chino. State officials estimate a broad outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, a hardy virus that spreads quickly among animals, could cause more than $13.5 billion in damage to California's livestock producers and the dairy industry, the nation's biggest.
December 3, 1992 |
Southern Californians are much closer to the farm than most of us imagine. According to a University of California study released last week, the eight-county region stretching from Santa Barbara to Brawley has twice as many agriculture-related jobs as any other area of the state. California's preeminence in agriculture has been established since the 1940s; it is first in farm revenues, well ahead of other food-producing states such as Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1991 |
Federal and state agriculture and emergency officials on Wednesday toured Ventura County farms that were among the hardest hit in the state during last month's freezing temperatures. Authorities began the inspection of damaged orchards and fields in the county after an earlier stop in Tulare County to verify crop damage, a necessary step in obtaining federal disaster loans for farmers statewide.
April 11, 1999 |
President Clinton's summit with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji nearly ended in disaster Saturday after Zhu publicly disavowed a joint statement the White House had issued two days earlier, as well as a far-reaching series of proposed agreements for U.S. access to China's vast markets.
July 17, 1997 |
California officials boastfully tugged on their agricultural suspenders Wednesday, marking the state's 50 years as the nation's No. 1 agricultural producer by announcing another all-time record in production value. The news was so good that Gov. Pete Wilson and Secretary of Food and Agriculture Ann M. Veneman decided to spread the word themselves, releasing a new report that shows that the value of California's agriculture reached $24.5 billion in 1996.
March 30, 1996 |
California's huge beef industry--the state's third-largest agricultural sector--is unlikely to benefit any time soon from the scare over "mad cow disease" in Britain. And American consumers don't appear to be worried about the malady. U.S. fast-food chains, grocers and cattle ranchers say customers are confident in their beef and are aware that the cattle disease--recently linked to a fatal illness in humans--is isolated to England.
September 6, 1989 |
Scientists recommended Tuesday a single aerial spraying of the pesticide malathion as part of a three-part plan to wipe out a menacing infestation of the Mediterranean fruit fly in Santa Clara County. "The panel suggested we stick with the Los Angeles County integrated pest management program, a ground spray where the adults were found, one knockdown aerial application and release of sterile Medflies each week," said Gera Curry, spokeswoman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.
November 22, 2000 |
"No Grapes!"--a spirited rallying cry of the labor movement and the political left for much of the last four decades--officially receded into history Tuesday as the United Farm Workers of America declared an end to its protracted boycott of California table grapes. The announcement by UFW President Arturo S. Rodriguez makes official what had already become a fait accompli; the union and even its loyal followers had mostly lost interest in the sanction against the state's grape growers.
May 29, 1990
The Times today inaugurates California & Co., a column about state economic issues and trends. Written by Harry Anderson, a veteran editor and writer in the Business section, it will appear Tuesdays. In today's column, Anderson says the Medfly spraying controversy shows how California agriculture lost much of its constituency in the 1980s.
October 1, 1993 |
Japan, whose closed rice market has become a symbol of unfair trade, announced Thursday that it will open its doors for emergency imports amid the most disastrous crops in nearly 50 years. Officials said this does not change Japan's long-term ban on rice imports, a position immediately criticized by California's rice industry. But the emergency action is likely to prove a onetime boon to California growers, who are saddled with surpluses that have depressed prices.