FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For decades, California strawberry growers injected the potent pesticide methyl bromide into soil to kill bugs, weeds and plant diseases before planting strawberries.
But the chemical was slated to be phased out by international treaty because it depletes the Earth's ozone layer. And later its replacement methyl iodide was pulled off the market after numerous public protests.
Now California regulators have proposed stricter rules to protect the public from a third fumigant, chloropicrin, which growers use to sanitize their fields. The restrictions are pushing California's $2.3 billion strawberry industry toward developing nonchemical alternatives to pesticides.
The industry and state say alternatives such as sterilizing soil with steam or growing berries in peat are not ready for prime time.
California supplies nearly 90 percent of the nation's strawberries.
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The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office says a tractor trailer crashed on Route 39, in the Town of Eagle.
One letter was about the violent altercation between Jim Ying and another employee, and in the other letter Ying described why the restaurant is closing.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
Lake Effect Snow Warnings today with the chance for an additional foot for some areas.
Troopers say 24-year-old David Woods and 20-year-old Tierra Willis, both of Buffalo, used a stolen credit card to buy more than $600 worth of goods at the Wal-Mart on Sheridan Drive in Amherst on November 24.
Brothers were playing Thursday morning in Cattaraugus County, when an eight-year-old boy was struck by gunfire.