The state’s economy as a whole may still be limping along, but one sector seems to be red hot these days.
A coalition of health and environmental groups has stirred up a hornet’s nest at the State Department of Food and Agriculture, contending that the state is too quick to use pesticides to eradicate invasive pests.
Many farmers in Brentwood are concerned that even more rain this late in the year could severely damage their cherry crop for the season.
A 94 sq. mile quarantine area has been established in Gilroy, with eradication efforts expected to formally begin next week.
California lawmakers moved ahead Thursday with a bill that would make it easier for farmworkers to unionize, acting over the objections of Republicans and the business community.
California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer.