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‘Murder hornet’ findings worry agriculture officials

Invasive pest known to decapitate honeybees, take over hives

Reuters — The Asian giant hornet — an invasive, predatory insect dubbed the “murder hornet” — has been seen in the Vancouver area and may pose a threat to the beekeeping industry and potentially to people if it establishes there, a U.S. official said Monday. The stinging Vespa mandarinia can grow as large as 2-1/2




Editors’ Picks: “Dangerous” beetle found in LAX cargo

(Reuters) — U.S. customs officials said Wednesday they had found a beetle considered one of the world’s most dangerous agricultural pests in a shipment of rice arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. Agricultural specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection found an adult khapra beetle, eight larvae and a shed skin in a shipment of

Science Justifies California Water Limits — Report

– ANN HAYDEN “We have pushed the Bay-Delta system to the brink of collapse and saving it – and the jobs that depend on it – is going to require increased co-operation among all interests.” Federal limits on water that can be pumped out of a major river delta for California farmers are scientifically justified,


Desperate California To Get More Water At Last

Drought-stricken farmers and cities across California were granted a measure of relief Feb. 26 when federal and state officials said they expected to supply significantly more water this year than last. The announcements came as welcome news in the nation’s No. 1 farm state, where dramatic cutbacks in water deliveries by the U. S. Bureau

Senator Suggests Truce In California’s Water Fight

Senator Dianne Feinstein, who angered environmentalists, fishing groups and other Democratic lawmakers by proposing to divert more water to California’s farmers, said Feb. 19 she was working to avoid controversial legislation. Feinstein’s plan would ease Endangered Species Act restrictions to allow more water to be pumped out of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for growers

Rain Doesn’t End California Water Fight

California has been deluged with rain and snow this winter, but its epic tug of war over water rages on, this time in the form of a plan by U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein to divert more water to the state’s farmers. Feinstein has infuriated environmental activists, fishing groups and even fellow California Democrats by