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Western grapeleaf skeletonizer pest found in Napa County vineyard trap

Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Greg Clark asks grape growers and gardeners to keep on the lookout for all larval (caterpillar) stages of the western grapeleaf skeletonizer (WGS) pest.

This follows the June 24 discovery of an adult WGS in a vineyard pheromone-baited trap on Tubbs Lane in Calistoga.

“This is a destructive and serious pest,” Clark said.

“All larval life stages are voracious feeders that cause extensive damage to grape leaves, including partial or complete defoliation of grapevines.” Clark explained.

Chlorpyrifos is now a restricted use material
New regulations: Chlorpyrifos labeled 'restricted use' in California effective July 1
Chlorpyrifos a 'restricted use' pesticide in California effective July 1, 2015
$150 million, new partnership on water quality, quantity in California
The Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters provides 25 million Californians with drinking water and much of the water for irrigated agriculture in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys.
Want to lead in California’s wheat industry?

The California Wheat Commission (CWC) will conduct district elections in July and August for the positions of commissioner and alternate commissioner for three commission grower districts. 

The wheat grower districts include: District 1 – Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Trinity counties; District 4 – Alameda, Alpine, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne counties; and District 7 – Inyo, Kings, and Tulare counties.

University of Arizona named innovation, economic prosperity school

The University of Arizona (UA) has been recognized as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

The designation - awarded to the UA and 17 other universities by the APLU's Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity - acknowledges those working in states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities.

The activities include innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.

Former AFBF President Dean Kleckner passes away

Dean Kleckner, 82, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) from 1986-2000, passed away June 15 at his home in Wayzata, Minn.

Kleckner served the Farm Bureau organization at the local, state, and national levels for 46 years; first as a county president in Floyd County, Iowa. He moved up the leadership ranks where he served as Iowa Farm Bureau president and later as the chief of AFBF, the nation’s largest grassroots farm organization.

Hoover Dam and Lake Mead
10 must-read drought stories for June 24
10 must-read drought stories for June 24
World Ag Expo donates to Valley Children's Hospital
World Ag Expo donates proceeds to Valley Children's Hospital
World Ag Expo donates $36,350 to Valley Children's Hospital
Wine grape growers see value in state assessment to fight Pierce's Disease
PD/GWSS assessment overwhelmingly supported
California grape growers approve self-assessment to battle Pierce's Disease and other threats against the wine industry
BASF, Farm Press launch CEU course on mite control

BASF and Penton-Western Farm Press have launched a new, free continuing education unit (CEU) course on mite control.

Bee Sweet Citrus joins growing solar fold

Bee Sweet Citrus based in Fowler, Calif. is going solar to further reduce the company’s carbon footprint, according to company President Jim Marderosian.

“Bee Sweet Citrus is committed to reducing our carbon footprint,” Marderosian said. “Logically, going solar was the next step as we continue to be a leader in sustainability.”

Bee Sweet has contracted with Picket Solar in Fresno, Calif. to incorporate a high-tech, 2.4 megawatt solar system to offset its current electricity use.

Weed scientists continue to study herbicide resistance issues
Cooperation urged in herbicide resistance management
Scientists advocate community-based approach to herbicide resistance management
EPA proposal seeks to restrict pesticides around bees during pollination
EPA proposes pesticide label restrictions near bees
EPA proposes new label restrictions for pesticides used around bees
2015 dried plum harvest projected to be lower in California
2015 California dried plum crop 4 percent lower?
California projects lower dried plum harvest on acreage equal to last year
Walnuts may have cancer-fighting benefits
Harvard: Walnuts may have cancer-fighting benefits
Walnuts may have positive impacts on fighting certain cancers, according to Harvard research
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