January 22, 1998
Rod Grimm, 51, co-founder and president of major carrot producer Grimmway Farms. A native of Orange County, Grimm and his brother Bob established themselves in farming in the mid-1960s with a small operation and a roadside corn stand near Anaheim. They later set up Grimmway Farms in Bakersfield and built it into what is now the world's largest producer of fresh, frozen and processed carrot products.
September 27, 1986 |
Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley's top City Hall deputy is battling to prevent the Southland's largest water agency, the Metropolitan Water District, from opposing Proposition 65, the November ballot measure designed to keep toxics out of the state's drinking water supply. Specifically, Deputy Mayor Tom Houston has taken aim at MWD Board Chairman E. Thornton Ibbetson, whose firm owns 1,200 acres of farmland in the Imperial Valley.
November 24, 2006
Re "Foul state of affairs found in feedlots," Nov. 17 For years, animal protection groups have tried to get the message across about the harmful effects of factory farming, so it's good to see that the mainstream media are finally making this information available to the public at large. Unfortunately, the article neglects to mention the plight of the animals on these farms. Factory-farmed animals, such as cattle, pigs and chickens, live in unnatural and cruel conditions, which do not allow them to live the way nature intended.
December 17, 1985
The famine is over in most of Africa, but long-term recovery is in doubt because Western donors, particularly the United States, are reluctant to provide money and long-term farming assistance, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization reported. The agency's director general, Edouard Saouma, said in a year-end report that because of plentiful rain, only six countries are in danger for 1986--Ethiopia, Sudan, Angola, Botswana, Mozambique and Cape Verde.
February 20, 1986 |
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 30, 1989 |
The Ojobi Food Farmers Cooperative just had a breakthrough year. The group of 50 villagers some 40 miles southwest of Accra, the capital, have made astonishing increases in crop yields by using simple farming techniques. These include planting in rows, instead of just scattering seeds, for example. As a result, the maize harvest on their two-acre test plot reached 5 tons an acre, a marked improvement from previous yields of 1 ton to 1.5 tons. Because of their success, the cooperative's farmers, more than half of whom are women, have had to convert an old building into a grain shed to store their abundant supply of maize kernels.
June 14, 1987 |
Big isn't beautiful when it comes to farming, says Ken Lucero, whose family agricultural operation in the San Joaquin Valley totals 75 acres. High-intensity growing, double-cropping and early planting to capture high prices at the start of the market are keys to small-scale farming success, Lucero contends. "I kind of see myself like the European wine-grape grower," Lucero said as he watched a fumigator spread an acre of plastic sheets across bare land.
November 6, 1985 |
The twinkle in the eyes of 100-year-old Chinese farming pioneer Sam Chang, who was honored Saturday night at the Irvine Hilton and Towers, will not soon be forgotten. Nearly 600 people attended "Golden Fields," a dinner sponsored by the Chinese-American Council of the Historical and Cultural Foundation of Orange County. The affair was a tribute to the Chinese farmers whose inventiveness with machinery and creative farming techniques helped establish a worldwide market for California agriculture.
October 24, 1999 |
For this adult son, the time has come to make contact with his distant father in a way they understand--planting the garden. Talk of the family's past will help them face the future. In my father's life, there has always been a garden. When he was a child, it provided vegetables to sustain the family during hard times, but now that he is old--and his heart is weak--the garden's role has evolved. My father's hunger has changed.