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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1991 | JOANNA M. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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NEWS
April 11, 1999 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
July 17, 1997 | DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
March 30, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
September 6, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
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.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
July 9, 1998 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
California agriculture officials keep ratcheting up the tally on El Nino-related farm losses. The latest figure is $532 million, up from $218 million in mid-June. The wet, chilly spring wreaked havoc with cherries, cotton, almonds, asparagus, watermelons, wheat and tomatoes. Cool weather heightened color in the state's apple crop but delayed the harvest by about two weeks.
NEWS
February 7, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Water officials have released a report that lists reasons Central Valley farmers should want to sell irrigation water to cities. The report says that agricultural towns will not necessarily whither with their crops because more jobs would be created than lost. The study was commissioned by the Bay Area Economic Forum and was funded by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Agriculture uses more water than manufacturing but creates fewer jobs, the report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1992 | GORDON DILLOW, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
She is one of Earth's most prolific mothers, with an estimated 15 million progeny scattered throughout California and around the globe. And although most people do not know it--most people these days do not pronounce the name right--every time they buy a Hass avocado in the supermarket, they are buying a small piece of her. She is the Hass Mother Tree, the genetic source of every Hass avocado in the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 1991 | JENNIFER CURTIS, Jennifer Curtis is a research associate with the Natural Resources Defense Council in San Francisco.
The poinsettia whitefly is causing devastating losses to California crops. Experts predict damage to 33% to 40% of winter vegetable production in the Imperial Valley alone. The whitefly is an unwelcome visitor, but this pernicious pest did not arrive uninvited. Current farming practices in the Imperial Valley and throughout much of California set the stage for such disasters.
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