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BUSINESS
February 1, 1997 | MARTHA GROVES and MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday that it is lifting an 83-year-old ban on the importation of Mexican avocados into the continental United States, angering California growers fearful of pest invasions. After two years of emotional debate, the department ruled that Hass avocados from the Mexican region of Michoacan that meet U.S. import requirements could be shipped into 19 states in the Northeast and Midwest from November through February, beginning late this year.
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BUSINESS
October 12, 1996 | From Reuters
The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday that it reached a tentative agreement with Mexican tomato growers to squash a bitter trade dispute. The proposed agreement will settle a controversial complaint brought by Florida tomato growers against Mexican growers that alleged the Mexicans sold their produce in the United States at below-market prices and cost the domestic industry hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1996 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rejecting a complaint from Florida growers, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Tuesday that a surge in Mexican imports is not causing substantial harm to domestic growers of winter tomatoes and bell peppers. The commission's 4-1 vote denied relief sought by the Florida Department of Agriculture and groups representing vegetable growers there.
NEWS
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.
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.
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