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Geoffrey Mohan

Writer

Geoff joined the Los Angeles Times in 2001 from Newsday, where he was a Latin American correspondent in Mexico City. He was hired as a statewide roamer, but was quickly drafted into coverage of Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Soon after returning, he was sent out to the front lines of the California wildfires, and was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news team in 2003. Looking for a break from the action, he took refuge behind the editing desks in foreign and metro, serving as the environment editor and later, the state editor. He returned to reporting two years ago in Science, where he’s been writing about Ebola, African-clawed frogs and mathematicians who can predict NCAA winners. Now he’s coming full circle, back to roaming the state in search of stories about farmers, drought and innovation in agriculture and food science.

Recent Articles

  • Scientists use wasps to protect local citrus crops from disease

    Scientists use wasps to protect local citrus crops from disease

    They look like grains of black sand inside a prescription vial. But each speck is a wasp that is lethal to the offspring of the Asian citrus psyllid, an aphid-size bug that spreads the bacteria that cause Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease. If California's $1.8-billion citrus industry is...

  • What is citrus greening disease?

    What is citrus greening disease?

    The enemy The bacteria that causes Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease. (UC Riverside) Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus is a bacterium from Asia that colonizes citrus and citrus-related plants. It clogs their nutrition transport system, stunting fruit and causing it to stay green, a phenomenon...

  • U.S. growers worry over China's economy

    U.S. growers worry over China's economy

    California's growers are casting a wary eye toward China, their third-biggest trading partner, because the devaluation of its currency is expected to make pistachios, almonds and other farm products more expensive. Immediate effects are expected to be modest, given the small margin of adjustment...

  • Court rebuffs farm pollution waiver

    Court rebuffs farm pollution waiver

    A state court has struck down rules governing runoff from farms along the Central Coast, a decision that could have broader implications for the state's $43-billion agriculture industry.The Sacramento County Superior Court sided with environmentalists who opposed a blanket waiver for growers in...

  • Fruit grower Dan Gerawan's decades-long fight with the UFW

    Fruit grower Dan Gerawan's decades-long fight with the UFW

    The signs along the driveway into Gerawan Farming warn away job seekers, visitors and anyone trying to take photographs or record video. Dan Gerawan, president of the growing and packing company in the eastern San Joaquin Valley, said those measures aim to protect business secrets at the state's...

  • San Gabriel Valley quarantine for citrus disease expands

    San Gabriel Valley quarantine for citrus disease expands

    Agricultural officials have expanded a quarantine in the San Gabriel Valley after discovering several more trees infected with citrus greening disease, a malady that has devastated orchards in Florida, Mexico and Brazil. The quarantine, which extends more than 87 square miles around the city of...

  • Deadly citrus disease found in San Gabriel Valley

    Deadly citrus disease found in San Gabriel Valley

    A deadly bacteria that can decimate citrus has been found in the San Gabriel Valley, the second such discovery in three years, according to agricultural officials. Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, was detected last week on a kumquat tree in a residential area of San Gabriel. The bacterial...

  • Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers

    Silicon Valley struggles to pitch water-saving tech to farmers

    Olivier Jerphagnon needed a customer. So he drove toward the farmland north of Fresno, with his marketing director by his side. They came to convince farmers that PowWow Energy's Pump Monitor software can manage irrigation via smartphone. They spotted a prospect off the side of Highway 99: a work...

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