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Finding Truth & What to Do Amidst the Controversy Over Crop Protection Materials “Pesticides”

Agriculture and the science of crop protection materials is too often misunderstood by the public and is under constant attack by extremists in the political arena. As legislation and jurisdiction begins to more commonly ignore sound science in their decision-making, farmers are rightfully concerned about the future of agriculture and what may or may not be in their power to …

BASF Corrects Misconceptions about Ag & Engages in Community Education

In today’s fast paced urban society, there is a serious disconnect between consumers and the source of their food.  There is so much public misinformation and misconceptions about agriculture, that it has become more critical for farmers to reach out side of their comfort zone and communities to share the truth about what they do out in the field.  International …

Clarification of New Farm Water Testing Requirements Under FSMA

For those agricultural commodities that are subject to the new Produce Safety Rule under the Food Safety Modernization Act, water testing will be a key component in this adjustment.  In some cases, these water testing requirements may include more than just what you are irrigating the crop with.  Watch this brief interview with Tom Jones from the Safe Food Alliance …

Often Overlooked Legal Employee Reimbursement Requirements (Farm Liability Series Part 3 of 3)

Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations that …

Legal Care for Injured Farm Employees (Farm Liability Series Part 2 of 3)

Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations that …

Employee Meal & Rest Period Violation Prevention (Farm Liability Series Part 1 of 3)

Farmers are some of the best people on the planet.  They work hard and do their very best to keep food on the table in homes all over the world.  Like anyone though, sometimes they make mistakes too and can overlook some of the ever-changing laws and requirements for their farm employees, and end up in court over violations that …

Argentine Ant Inhibits Biocontrol Options for Deadly Citrus Pests

Growers want to minimize their pesticide use in the orchard; but when you have invasive pests like the Argentine Ant protecting aphids and psyllids from natural predators, your options are limited.  Watch this brief interview with Greg Simmons from the USDA-APHIS as he explains and read more about it in California Fresh Fruit Magazine.

Spotted Wing Drosophila Control in Cherries

If the birds don’t get to your cherries, Spotted Wing Drosophila will, injecting their larvae right into the fruit. Watch this brief video with UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Kent Daane as he shares how to manage this pest that has managed to spread all over the United States. Read more about orchard pest and disease management in California Fresh Fruit …

Managing Cytospora Canker in Prunes

Cytospora Canker has become a more prevalent problem for prune growers in recent years, and although pruning it out of the orchard is the number one priority regarding treatment of it, there are a few other practices that can be applied to mitigate this fungal pathogen.  Watch this brief interview with Franz Niederholzer, Farm Advisor from the UC Cooperative Extension, …

How to Control Black Heart in Pomegranate

With pomegranate harvest approaching, growers may be wondering how much fruit they are going to lose this year to “Black Heart” fruit rot.  But what causes this spoiling of the fruit and how can it be prevented or minimized?  Watch this brief interview with Plant Pathologist Themis Michailides at UC Davis to find out.  Read more about orchard pest and …

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