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September 3, 2012 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
Nothing says easy, breezy Southern California like a palm tree - but in Fillmore, the Southern California icon has been unfronded. Eager for an infusion of Hollywood cash, the Ventura County agricultural town has taken down 26 queen palms, a tree that has lined downtown streets since 1940. Officials wanted to give film and TV producers a generic, small-town setting that could stand in for Iowa, Indiana or anywhere else in palm-free America. So one July night, a landscaper revved up his chain saws in the heart of the city's quaint downtown and, soon after, the Fillmore Film Commission - its slogan is "Film More in Fillmore" - announced the move in an email blast to location scouts.
A quarantine on agriculture susceptible to Medflies was imposed for the first time Wednesday in Ventura County, encompassing 86 square miles of fields and homes within a 4.5-mile radius of the site where two fertile flies were found last week. The action, which has been expected since two mated female Mediterranean fruit flies were found in eastern Camarillo on Friday, came as inspectors confirmed Wednesday that an additional 10 flies were found in a grove at St. John's Seminary.
December 3, 1996 | REGINA HONG
For his efforts to create links between the agricultural community and local schools, Charles Weis, Ventura County superintendent of schools, has been given the 1997 Outstanding Public Service Award by several agricultural organizations. The California Farm Bureau Federation and the California Federation for Agriculture in the Classroom plan to honor Weis with the award Dec. 10 during the farm bureau's annual meeting in San Diego.
April 25, 1995 | Compiled by Jack Searles
Ventura County's agricultural community hopes to collect more than $30,000 in coming weeks to support the county council of the Boy Scouts of America. A total of 33 growers and shippers have donated two truckloads of produce, weighing about 80,000 pounds, to generate cash for local Boy Scout programs. The trucks, made available by Sunkist Growers and Martrac, a division of UPS, were loaded late last month at Boskovich Farms in Oxnard.
November 9, 1989
Ventura County agriculture officials this week reported no new findings of the Oriental fruit fly, easing concerns about the possibility of a quarantine on fruit. The fly, found for the first time two weeks ago on Ventura County's west end, sent alarm through the farming community because of its potentially devastating effects on citrus, avocados, strawberries and other fleshy fruits. But even with 920 traps set countywide, no new flies have been captured since Oct. 27.
August 9, 1993 | MAIA DAVIS
Alan M. Teague, a former mayor of Santa Paula and a leading figure in Ventura County's agriculture industry, has been named grand marshal of the county fair parade this year. As grand marshal, the 55-year-old Teague will ride in one of the first cars of the parade, which will be held Aug. 21 in Ventura. "It's an honorary position for what he's done for the community," parade organizer Bob Pollioni said. A native of Oxnard, Teague is president of Teague-McKevett Co.
April 15, 2006 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
When federal authorities catch illegal immigrants on the job, some U.S. employers have a ready explanation for how they came to be hired: It wasn't us. It was a contractor. Although these middlemen, including recruiters and temporary agencies, do not figure prominently in the current debate over illegal immigration, they are playing an increasingly significant role in hiring and managing the nation's workforce.
September 23, 1995 | LISA M. BOWMAN
Ventura County agriculture officials have not found any additional Oriental fruit flies after checking the Santa Paula area Friday. Officials examined extra traps that were set out after one unmated female fly was discovered there this week. Agricultural Commissioner Earl McPhail said testing will resume Monday and continue for seven days to determine if a quarantine is required.
May 25, 1991 | JOANNA M. MILLER
About 400 children converged in a Somis schoolyard Friday to learn about soils, the use of beneficial insects instead of pesticides, farm animals and the value of trees. The Ag-Science Field Day at Mesa Union School was sponsored by the University of California Cooperative Extension in Ventura to teach schoolchildren about the county's largest industry.
July 6, 1997
Where did Ventura County Agriculture Commissioner Earl McPhail get the misguided notion that public health is protected by way of "stiff" permit restrictions? ("Residents Want Farm's Pesticide Permit Revoked," June 26). Current law allows fumigation of fields, with an extremely toxic chemical, to within 30 feet of residential backyards, and growers are not required to issue public health warning notices. These conditions constitute a gross lack of public protection, and no self-respecting individual would say otherwise.
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