The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has wrapped up public workshops focused on obtaining input and feedback from the public about the use of pesticides near California schools.
The public sessions, which took place in May and June in Sacramento, Salinas, Ventura, Oxnard, Lamont and Coachella, were sparked by a media story written by the Center of Investigating Reporting concerning Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard....More
More than 15 anti-pesticide bills were introduced this season in the Hawaii Legislature that would put unprecedented restrictions on larger agriculture entities and their use of pesticides. All of the proposed legislation has died for this year...More
In recent months, two speakers at major farm industry events held in the West shared their thoughts on the proposed mandatory labeling of food products grown with genetically-modified traits.
The speakers included y included: James Borel, executive vice-president of the DuPont company; and Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension specialist who specializes in animal genomics and biotechnology....More
Central Coast growers are continually working toward implementing best management measures designed to keep crop production plentiful and profitable in the region, while improving the quality of our water supplies for now and for future generations to come....More
Cheminova Inc. has announced the new herbicide active ingredient pethoxamid which the company says will help growers manage herbicide-resistant weeds, including Palmer amaranth, waterhemp, and other important broadleaf and annual grass weeds.
Pethoxamid is a novel selective chloroacetamide. Classified as a Group 15 herbicide, pethoxamid inhibits the germination of target weeds. It can be applied pre-emergence or post-emergence.
In the U.S. and Canada, major crops slated for its use include canola, corn, cotton, rice, soybean, and sunflower....More
U.S. Fish and Wildlife is launching a campaign to restore habitat for monarch butterflies. But its one year review of the monarch for Endangered Species Act status has agricultural interests concerned....More
After several years of development, Toro announces its new Aqua-Traxx FC (Flow Control) drip tape. This product creates an entirely new category within the drip irrigation marketplace.
In the past, growers had to choose between uniformity and control over flow rates. Now, Aqua-Traxx FC provides growers with improved uniformity compared to turbulent-flow devices, and superior ability to control overall system flow rate compared to pressure-compensating devices.
This is made possible through the design of the flow control emitter....More