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Old 12-01-2012, 07:46 AM   #15
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The way I see it is that the inspection stations are there for a very good reason, and to intentionally bring in fruit, plants, or whatever that might pose a hazard or threat to California agriculture is just plain...well thoughtless, and reckless...of course this is purely my opinion. I believe that California farms and their health are vastly more important than me bringing in my favorite plant, fruit, and/or vegetable and unintentionally causing harm.
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The way I see it is that the inspection stations are there for a very good reason, and to intentionally bring in fruit, plants, or whatever that might pose a hazard or threat to California agriculture is just plain...well thoughtless, and reckless...of course this is purely my opinion. I believe that California farms and their health are vastly more important than me bringing in my favorite plant, fruit, and/or vegetable and unintentionally causing harm.

I agree, the San Juaquin and Imperial Valleys are some of the most productive agricultural areas on the planet. A threat to the agriculture there is a threat to the nations economy and is not to be taken lightly. It is a serious matter.

A small amount of blight or other infestation can do a world of harm.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #17
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To those that seem to have vilified my intentions in avoiding any California agricultural inspection stations in order to bring illegal produce into California and were not able to pick up on the geographical nuances of my question, I had no intention in potentially bringing pests into California and causing yet another California crisis leading to the possible loss of agriculture as we know it.


The route I was considering was the shortest to my destination. I was not "going a couple hundred miles out of my way just to bring illegal fruit/wood/houseplants across the border". Had there been any agricultural inspection stations along that route I would have voided my rig of any offending products, (although I was not going to be to get rid of the cat and was prepared to lie about having a pet on board should the question come up again like it did over on Interstate 5 coming into California from Oregon).


The path I was intending to take from Nevada to Arizona crosses over about a 40 mile remote section of eastern California before heading east into Arizona, (albeit, Needles may not be considered remote by everyone). I had no intention of making any stops to discard any potentially dangerously infected agricultural products onto California soil. If fact, I planned no stops at all on my 1 hour traverse of remote California soil.


I did not feel I was being "thoughtless, and reckless" considering the circumstances. And neither, it seems, does the State of California as they have not put an agricultural inspection along that route... yet.
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I did not feel I was being "thoughtless, and reckless" considering the circumstances. And neither, it seems, does the State of California as they have not put an agricultural inspection along that route... yet.[/QUOTE]

I apologize if you thought my post was anything but a "general" response to the OP. My post was not intended as a direct attack on you as you did not indicate in any way that you were attempting anything illegal and/or unethical. I was merely pointing out my opinion of what some consider a "nuisance" i.e., Agricultural Check Points.

As much as I dislike government intrusion into our lives, I have to somewhat approve of these agricultural check points, even though I am never stopped or even questioned going into CA from NV. The only time I have been stopped and asked if I had firewood was coming back from Oregon through California...No firewood, no problem.
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The problems that we have had with border inspections is the same whether it going into California or coming back into the country from Canada. Nobody will ever give us a clear answer of what they will/not allow that day. The list does change, but it sure isn't available to the public. I have been chasing the people that are supposed to know at our local crossing for a year. If I can catch them at all, I get a "We'll get back to you." Most of the time I get to leave a number and wait forever for the never returned call.

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To those that seem to have vilified my intentions in avoiding any California agricultural inspection stations in order to bring illegal produce into California and were not able to pick up on the geographical nuances of my question, I had no intention in potentially bringing pests into California and causing yet another California crisis leading to the possible loss of agriculture as we know it.


The route I was considering was the shortest to my destination. I was not "going a couple hundred miles out of my way just to bring illegal fruit/wood/houseplants across the border". Had there been any agricultural inspection stations along that route I would have voided my rig of any offending products, (although I was not going to be to get rid of the cat and was prepared to lie about having a pet on board should the question come up again like it did over on Interstate 5 coming into California from Oregon).


The path I was intending to take from Nevada to Arizona crosses over about a 40 mile remote section of eastern California before heading east into Arizona, (albeit, Needles may not be considered remote by everyone). I had no intention of making any stops to discard any potentially dangerously infected agricultural products onto California soil. If fact, I planned no stops at all on my 1 hour traverse of remote California soil.


I did not feel I was being "thoughtless, and reckless" considering the circumstances. And neither, it seems, does the State of California as they have not put an agricultural inspection along that route... yet.
I think most understood your question...and the state AG dept understands too...no stations along your via route.

I was surprised to read about unequal enforcement. When returning from long trips, we have lost everything from a couple bananas to house plants....hmmmm.
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