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Published September 18, 2013, 12:00 AM


In this October 2011 photo provided by the University of California-Davis, engineers with Valley Fabrication Inc., an agricultural equipment manufacturer, run trials on a steam applicator that disinfects soil prior to strawberry planting at an agricultural research station near Salinas, Calif. The steam machine is one of several alternatives being developed by researchers to help California's strawberry industry phase out pesticide use as pressure from residents and regulators grows. (AP Photo/University of California-Davis, Steven Fennimore)
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