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CAL/OSHA COVID-19 Infection Prevention for Ag Employers & Employees

California employers are required to establish and implement an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) to protect employees from all worksite hazards, including infectious diseases. This guidance contains information, recommendations, and requirements for agricultural employers on how to update their IIPPs to include preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This guidance does not introduce any new legal obligations, but because COVID-19 …

Navel Orangeworm Host Preferences & Need for Collaborative Control

Some may think Navel Orangeworm is just a pest of almonds and pistachios, but there are other crops it thrives off of as well. Watch this brief interview with Bob Klein from the California Pistachio Research Board as he shares his insights on preferred overwintering hosts for this pest as well as in-season comparisons.  It’s going to take a unified …

New Tool to Combat Fusarium Head Blight in Wheat

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues have discovered a gene that can be used to develop varieties of wheat that will be more resistant to Fusarium Head Blight (FHB), a disease that is a major threat both overseas and to the nation’s $10 billion annual wheat crop. A paper reporting the discovery and the cloning of the gene, …

Are Tree Nut Growers Doing Their Part to Manage Navel Orangeworm?

Winter sanitation, mating disruption and proper pesticide application — all critical strategies in managing the number one pest of tree nuts: Navel Orangeworm. No one wants this pest on their farms, but are growers really doing their due diligence in managing this pest with tools that are now widely available to the industry?  Watch this interview with Bob Klein from …

Keeping Up with the Evolving Navel Orangeworm Pest Pressure

So how bad can Navel Orangeworm damage get in our tree nut orchards? Hopefully we won’t have to find out this season, as growers are equipped with more tools and practices to control the pest. Watch this brief interview with Research Entomologist Joel Siegel as he shares some evolving trends in pest pressure across the state, and read more about …

What You May Not Know About the Pierce’s Disease Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Control Program

It’s getting to be time soon for California grape growers to vote on the continuation of the Pierce’s Disease Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Control Program. You may not feel that Pierce’s Disease is a threat to your vineyard, but other pests and disease are.  Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as he shares about some …

PD/GWSS Board Designates Spotted Lanternfly as a Pest of Winegrapes

The Pierce’s Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Board officially added the spotted laternfly (SLF) to its list of designated pests and diseases, making it eligible for research and outreach funding.   “The best quarantine efforts happen at the points of origin. By showing that this is a pest we don’t want in California, we have a better chance of getting cooperation and action to …

Federal Government Invests $6 Million to Combat Formidable Tree Nut Pest

California tree nut growers received a ‘holiday gift’ from the Federal Government last week — to the sum of $6 Million in appropriation funds to combat the formidable pest of the tree nut industry, Navel Orangeworm.  Watch this brief video with the Executive Director of American Pistachio Growers Richard Matoian for more details. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry …

Pesticide Use Notifications Near Schools: Correcting Common Mistakes

By now, most farmers know the regulations regarding pesticide use notifications near school sites; however, many are still getting fined by the counties for violation of this rule. So where are farmers coming short? Watch this brief interview with Travis Howard from the Sonoma County Ag Department as he clarifies some important dates and requirements farmers need to know about …

Five Ways USDA Farm Service Agency Can Support Farmers Impacted by Wildfires

Whether you’ve experienced wildfire damage on the farm or other disasters, disease outbreaks on your trees and vines — the USDA-Farm Service Agency has a program to support you. Watch this brief interview with Farm Service Agency California representative Lisa Velasquez as she explains some of these programs to get involved in. Please thank our sponsor Duarte Nursery for their industry support …

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