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March 14, 1985 | From Associated Press
A winter freeze that devastated the Rio Grande Valley's citrus industry also hurt the several thousand acres of aloe vera, the cactus-looking plant that local growers say has a "magic potion" for healing cuts, abrasions and sunburns. But the future is bright, says Reed Reeve, plantation manager for Forever Aloe Plantations outside of Harlingen. "Aloe seems to have a lot of healings products. Nobody yet has discovered the magic potion--why it is," Reeve said. "It works.
August 31, 2009 | Esmeralda Bermudez
It's the stuff professional bug trappers dream of. As he peered at the first fly trap of the day, Ignacio Velazquez spotted his mottled foe, wriggling frantically under the magnifying lens. "I think I actually found one," said the 13-year veteran of the state's Department of Food and Agriculture, a hint of caution in his voice. "At this point, we'd call it a suspect." With 10,000 traps set statewide and about 200 trappers on the prowl, it was a needle-in-a-haystack discovery for Velazquez, an agriculture technician hunting for crop-destroying psyllids in the fruit-tree-lush neighborhood of Echo Park.
March 8, 1987 | LARRY ALTMAN, Times Staff Writer
A biochemist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's research center here may have solved a multimillion-dollar problem that has plagued the world's citrus industry for years. After 2 1/2 years of study, Shin Hasegawa thinks he has found a chemical that prevents newly squeezed fruit juice from becoming bitter. Some juice, especially that from California navel oranges, develops a bitter taste within hours after being squeezed from the fruit, according to Hasegawa and industry officials.
Small-scale citrus ranchers who have helped keep Ventura County's lemon and orange production tops in the state fear they will be unable to survive the demise of an industry quota system that had shielded them from competition. "We're cruising for a bruising," said Richard Pidduck, who farms 42 acres of citrus near Santa Paula. "You bet it's a threat."
October 7, 1988 | Associated Press
A Florida citrus company has become the first to be indicted for fraud in a 22-month nationwide investigation of illegal citrus practices involving hundreds of millions of dollars, federal officials said Thursday. "It was the first indictment, but the investigation is not limited to Florida," said Brad Knutter, supervisor of the the Tampa U.S. Customs fraud group which is coordinating the probe. The lengthy probe, dubbed "Operation Orange Squeeze," is an unprecedented investigation by the U.S.
February 15, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
UC Riverside's living citrus museum, which has 400 acres of trees, has attracted a cult following. There was the nurseryman from France who came to the United States only to admire its unusual and succulent fruit. A local restaurateur, looking for new flavors for his entrees, nibbled on a variety of citrus blossoms. Then there was the obsessed tangerine fan -- a gourmet grocer from Texas who wanted his picture taken next to the Seedless Kishu mandarin tree.
December 7, 2001 | Bloomberg News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture halted imports of clementine citrus fruit from Spain because live Mediterranean fruit fly larvae have been found in stores in California, Louisiana, Maryland and North Carolina. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service indefinitely banned the sale and distribution of the Spanish clementines in states where the pest could survive.
California growers showed up in force Monday to assail a plan to allow Argentina to export citrus to the United States, arguing that the proposal could introduce a host of crop-destroying pests and diseases to the nation's $2.5-billion citrus industry. Wearing green-and-white buttons that read "Where's the Science?" and "Practice Safe Citrus!" more than 700 growers, farm workers and elected officials packed the Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza for a public hearing on the U.S.
January 8, 1991 | DANIEL AKST
Most people think we're paying for the big freeze now with higher citrus prices, but they're wrong. Actually, we've been paying for this freeze for years, thanks to a loony system of agricultural socialism whereby the government lets growers' cartels control prices and supplies. The result is artificially high prices and overproduction that comes in handy only once every couple of decades or so--whenever there's a bad freeze.
September 26, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
An international coalition of citrus farming and agriculture officials are launching a cross-border plan to suppress the march of a tiny insect that threatens California's $1.6-billion citrus industry. The insect often carries a disease that kills citrus trees and has ravaged orchards both in Florida and overseas. Following a series of meetings in Monterrey, Mexico, this week, the coalition said today that the nations agreed to work together to develop strategies to hold down the population of the insect, impose quarantines on the movements of plants and conduct more tests to see how the disease is spreading.
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