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January 20, 1996 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The eyes of Michoacan were on Dan Glickman during his visit here this week as up to 10,000 Mexican farmers--who contribute to the livelihoods of 100,000 of their countrymen in the poor Mexican state--awaited the U.S. agriculture secretary's word on a ripe topic: avocados. For the Michoacan lobby, which has been fighting with California with increasing fervor and sophistication for the right to sell Mexican avocados in the United States, Glickman's words were encouraging.
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BUSINESS
August 14, 1995 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing their orchards and livelihoods may fall victim to free trade, Southern California avocado growers are battling a U.S. Department of Agriculture plan that would allow fresh Mexican avocados into U.S. supermarkets for the first time since 1914. Southland farmers, whose orchards produce 95% of the U.S. avocado crop, say they fear the move would lead to an invasion of Mexican fruit flies and other pests.
BUSINESS
August 14, 1995 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing their orchards and livelihoods may fall victim to free trade, Southern California avocado growers are battling a U.S. Department of Agriculture plan that would allow fresh Mexican avocados into U.S. supermarkets for the first time since 1914. Southland farmers, whose orchards produce 95% of the U.S. avocado crop, say they fear the move would lead to an invasion of Mexican fruit flies and other pests.
NEWS
April 25, 1995 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few miles from the clamorous village market here, a dirt road leads past meandering dogs and oxen into Gabino Aguilar's silent land: three acres of corn and a few plum trees. It is a long walk, says Aguilar, 52, a courtly, portly peasant with a neat mustache and a sweater-vest, his tennis shoes scudding through the dirt. Although he does not own a car, he no longer has to lug water from town; he proudly points out a narrow cement channel built with neighboring farmers.
BUSINESS
February 13, 1995 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After three tough years, Larry Cox was just getting adjusted to farming green onions, cauliflower and melons here in the lush Mexicali Valley about an hour's drive south of the border. Cox came looking for lower costs and reduced government red tape. He says he also found corrupt officials, fickle soil and uncertain water supplies. Still, after losing huge sums, Cox was finally expecting a profit this year on the 500-acre spread he has leased since 1991.
BUSINESS
November 28, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Agriculture Hearing Scheduled: The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture will hold a public hearing in San Diego on Tuesday regarding a matter important to California avocado growers. The public hearing will be on a Mexican request that the U.S. regulators lift its ban on imports of Mexican avocados in all states except Alaska. Mexico has asked for permission to begin selling fruit in 19 Eastern, Northern and Midwestern states, a move that could hurt California growers who control 90% of the U.S. market.
BUSINESS
January 12, 1994 | JAMES FLANIGAN
It's a long way from the jungles of Chiapas in southern Mexico to the carpeted offices of Wall Street, where international traders make judgments on financing for Mexican industry. But it is on Wall Street that the Indian uprising against the Mexican government, which has claimed more than 100 lives in the past week, is having its most important economic impact, because it is arousing the concerns of credit rating agencies.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1992 | From Associated Press
U.S. and Mexican negotiators have reached tentative agreement on health and safety standards for food and farm products that would move across the southwestern border under a free trade agreement, officials said Wednesday. Sources in Congress and the Bush Administration said negotiators appear to have settled on the question of food safety and health standards in advance of a July 25 meeting of the chief negotiators.
NEWS
April 21, 1992 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the panorama of cloud-shrouded peaks covered with lush tropical vegetation doesn't take your breath away on the trek up the mountain to Luciano Perez's farm, the thin air will. Perez seems to notice neither as he trots in sandals along the mile of narrow switchbacks that lead from his one-room cabin to his 10 acres of corn, beans and coffee bushes.
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