Agriculture

In this handout provided by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in a long exposure a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket with the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory onboard launches from Space Launch Complex 2, January 31, 2015 in Vandenberg, California. SMAP is NASA's first Earth-observing satellite designed to collect global observations of surface soil moisture and its freeze/thaw state. SMAP will provide high resolution global measurements of soil moisture from space. The data will be used to enhance scientists' understanding of the processes that link Earth's water, energy, and carbon cycles. (credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)

NASA’s SMAP Observatory To Improve Drought Prediction, Planning For Natural Disasters

Minutes before the sun dawned on the coast of central California on Saturday, NASA looked to the skies, and launched a critical part of its Earth Sciences mission into Low-Earth Orbit.

02/01/2015

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Revolutionary Farming Method May Be Solution To Drought’s Impact On Calif. Agriculture

As California remains in the midst of a tremendous drought, an Orange County farmer believes he may have discovered the farming method of the future after his crops began thriving while using much less water than usual.

03/25/2014

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New Bill Would Grant Work Permits To Thousands Of Illegal Immigrants

A bill moving through the California Legislature is heating up the hot button issue of immigration reform.

05/12/2012

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Bug Hunters Fan Across SoCal Hoping To Stop Spread Of Devastating Citrus Tree Disease

The ubiquitous backyard citrus tree, symbolic of California’s agricultural abundance, is front and center in the battle now under way to save the state’s nearly $2 billion citrus industry.

04/02/2012

An adult Kharpa beetle and eight larvae were found in this shipment of rice in early January. (credit: U.S. Customs And Border Protection)

Grain-Destroying Beetle From Saudi Arabi Found In LAX Cargo

The world’s most destructive grain pest was found at LAX in a recent shipment of rice from Saudi Arabia for the second time this year.

08/18/2011

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Need Up, Donations Way Down At Local Foodbanks

A group of young volunteers are doing what they can to put a dent in the mounting hunger in Los Angeles.

08/11/2011

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Strawberries Keep Top Spot In Ventura County Crops

Strawberries are still the top crop in Ventura County where agriculture revenues rose 14.5 percent last year to nearly $2 billion.

07/20/2011

Agency Sues Labor Contractor, Farms In Thai Case

A federal agency has sued a California-based labor contractor and farms in Washington and Hawaii alleging discrimination against more than 200 Thai workers in what it has called its largest human trafficking case in agriculture to date.

04/20/2011

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Valentine’s Flowers To Be Thoroughly Examined At LAX

Valentine’s Day flowers are getting close scrutiny at Los Angeles International Airport.

02/10/2011

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