CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY ACREAGE INCREASES FOR '99

WATSONVILLE, Calif. -- California's strawberry farmers have planted slightly more acreage for 1999, marking a milestone for an industry significantly impacted by the 1996 cyclospora scare.According to the California Strawberry Commission, most of the increase has occurred in Ventura Country, where 6,700 additional strawberry acres have been planted for the coming season, an increase of 15% over last

WATSONVILLE, Calif. -- California's strawberry farmers have planted slightly more acreage for 1999, marking a milestone for an industry significantly impacted by the 1996 cyclospora scare.

According to the California Strawberry Commission, most of the increase has occurred in Ventura Country, where 6,700 additional strawberry acres have been planted for the coming season, an increase of 15% over last year. The region is responsible for raising early-season crops, said officials.

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