(June 6) Monterey County voters handed the agriculture industry a victory by defeating a land-use initiative known as Measure A, which growers say would limit expansion plans for up to 25 years.

The agriculture industry’s response to the June 5 vote, however, was muted by the failure of a plan they backed, known as Measure C. Attorneys for both sides claimed victory, and Jim Bogart, president and general counsel of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, called the outcome “a mess.”

“I’m pleased that (Measure A) went down,” he said. “Where it goes from here, I think we’ll see in the court system.”

In a lead-up to the countywide votes, a heated campaign pitted grower-shippers against so-called slow-growth groups. Growers have said Measure A would prevent them from developing their land or even passing individual lots to their children.