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

  • Sonoma County residents' battle with wineries is about more than water

    Sonoma County residents' battle with wineries is about more than water

    These days, the redwood-shaded creek by Laura and Ray Waldbaum's house is a bone-dry path of rocks and gravel, its occasional stagnant pools a somber reminder of the salmon that once thrived there. Fewer than 500 endangered coho now wend their way from a network of such creeks to the Russian River...

  • Gallo gulps another premium wine label

    Gallo gulps another premium wine label

    E &J Gallo Winery has purchased Talbott Vineyards, extending its presence in the state's central coast region and adding another premium estate brand to its portfolio. Details of the deal were not disclosed. It will include Robb Talbott's original winery and tasting room in Carmel Valley as well...

  • There's no drought of cash for California farmers

    There's no drought of cash for California farmers

    California's growers enjoyed near-record revenue for their crops last year, despite dropping their harvest by 640,000 acres in 2014, a new study suggests. Agricultural employment soared to a record 417,000 jobs, largely because gains in the Central Coast, deserts and Sacramento River Valley overcame...

  • 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...

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