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California Bill Introduced to Ban Chlorpyrifos Pesticides

A bill was recently introduced in California to safeguard children from exposure to the highly toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos. California State Senator, Maria Elena Durazo, introduced “Protect Children from Brain-Damaging Chlorpyrifos Act of 2019” in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to delay action on this toxic pesticide until 2022. Senator Durazo’s bill bans all… Read more »

Biobed Technology Debuts in Canada

Canadian farm managers and agricultural researchers are interested in finding new ways to prevent residual pesticides from entering the environment and contaminating water, and biobeds are showing promise as they make their debut in Canada. Already popular in Europe, where there are more than 3,000 biobeds in use on farms, biobed systems have now been… Read more »

EDF Launches the Supply Chain Solutions Center

The Environmental Defense Fund along with several other organizations launched a crowdsourced platform to help sustainability professionals stay informed on the latest resources to address environmental impacts across global supply chains. The Supply Chain Solutions Center features hundreds of sustainability resources across six topic areas including agriculture. “Our goal is to make finding sustainability solutions… Read more »

Savanna Institute Launches Summer 2019 Upper Midwest Agroforestry Program

The Savanna Institute is launching a Midwestern Agroforestry Farmer Apprenticeship Program beginning in summer 2019. Apprentices will spend 10 weeks working with an agroforestry farmer, with part- to full-time employment throughout the course. Students will learn about perennial crop establishment, management, and harvest, farm planning, equipment use and maintenance, marketing, finance and more. The program is free,… Read more »

Organic Center Publishes “Combatting Citrus Greening in Organic Systems: A Grower’s Guide”

Huanglongbing, also known as Citrus Greening Disease, is a problem for many citrus growers. The Organic Center recently published Combatting Citrus Greening in Organic Systems: A Grower’s Guide, a 24-page reference available online. The guide presents scientific research as well as insight from experienced growers into managing the disease. To read it, follow the link above.

Turf Titan of Monroe County Wins Excellence in IPM Award

Walter Nelson, horticulture program leader at Monroe County Cornell Cooperative Extension, received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) at the Genesee-Finger Lakes Landscape and Nursery Professionals Winter Conference in Rochester. NYSIPM develops sustainable ways to manage pests and helps people to use methods… Read more »

Environmental Protection Agency Will Have New Chance to Appeal Chlorpyrifos Ban

The Trump administration has persuaded the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its August decision ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to ban the widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been linked to neurodevelopmental harm in children and farm-worker illness. Essentially, this means again reviewing former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s March 2017 refusal to ban… Read more »

Peach and Pear Crop Profiles Now Available From Government of Canada Publications

The Crop Profile database, created and maintained by the Canadian government’s Pest Management Center, offers high level production overviews for 38 different crops, now including peach and pear. You can download them for free from the Government of Canada Publications webpage or through the Crop profiles webpage.  

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Tom Gallagher Receives Excellence in IPM Award

Tom Gallagher, Senior Resource Educator of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County, received an Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) at the Winter Green-Up Grazing Conference, in Latham NY. NYSIPM develops methods of sustainable pest management, and educates stakeholders and the public on how… Read more »