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Sustainable Ag Expo in San Luis Obispo - November 17-18
The 10th Annual Sustainable Ag Expo provides a unique opportunity for farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors representing a variety of operations to learn about the latest in farming research, resource issues, and business trends related to sustainable agriculture. The 2014 annual Sustainable Ag Expo will be filled with a well-rounded program including practical information for growers of all crops. The program includes sessions on soil and plant nutrition, measuring soil health, sprayer technologies for vineyards and orchards, root-soil dynamics, irrigating in the drought, and updates in pesticide laws and regulations. For more information click here.
Press Advisory: Farmworkers and Ag Commissioner Reach Accord
In a first of its kind for the state, the office of the Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner, the agency that oversees pesticide regulations and other worker safety matters, and the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), a farmworker advocacy group, will announce an accord establishing a Farmworker Advisory Committee for the office of the Agricultural Commissioner of Monterey County. There will be a press briefing at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the office of the Agricultural Commissioner in Salinas. To see the entire press advisory, click here .
Grower-Shipper Association Foundation Announces AgKnowledge Class VIII
The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation has announced fellows accepted to the 2014 AgKnowledge Program (Class VIII). These 23 community members will participate in a nine-month executive learning program focused on the heritage, diversity, stewardship and complexity of Monterey County agriculture and the interdependencies of agriculture, local government and the community.
The AgKnowledge curriculum focuses on issues affecting and influenced by our local agricultural industry, including food safety and security, labor and immigration, technology, marketing, conservation, urban/agriculture interfacing, air, water and much more. Fellows will spend ten Fridays between March and November attending forums and visiting farms, processing facilities and meeting leaders and innovators in the ag industry. One of the program’s most popular facets is “Day with a Farmer” – a full day, spent with a local grower, being immersed in agriculture from a boots-on-the-ground perspective.
AgKnowledge is co-sponsored by the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California and the County of Monterey - Agricultural Commissioner's Office.
AgKnowledge Class VIII fellows include:
- Joyce Aldrich, Executive Director, Workforce Investment Board, County of Monterey
- Jesse Avila, Deputy County Counsel, County of Monterey
- Katharine Ball, Digital Editor, Salinas Californian
- Priscilla Barba,Board Aide, Supervisor Simon Salinas, County of Monterey
- Janet Barnes, Board of Education, Trustee, District 4
- Pete Delgado, President/CEO, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
- Mark Dias, Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, County of Monterey
- Veronica Diaz, Political Coordinator, Teamsters Joint Council 7
- Irma Gomez, Assistant Director of Customer Service, Markon Cooperative
- Linda Gonzalez, District Director, Office of Assembly Member Luis A. Alejo
- Grey Hayes, Director Coastal Training Program, Elkhorn Slough Foundation
- Shimat Joseph, IPM Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension
- Shyam Kamath, Dean, School of Business, California State University, Monterey Bay
- Philip Molnar, Reporter, Monterey Herald
- Edward Moreno, Heath Officer, Health Department, County of Monterey
- Martina Nino, Manager, Hayashi & Wayland
- Ignacio Ornelas, Special Assistant, Stanford University
- Susan Pheasant, Director, Ag, Business & Technology Institute, Hartnell College
- Cammie Ramsey, Marketing Assistant, Mann Packing Company
- Sierra Ryan, Researcher & Program Coordinator, Central Coast Wetlands Group
- Karen Stahlman, Chief Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, County of Monterey
- Brian Turlington, New Executive Director, Monterey County Business Council
- Steve Wotherspoon, Senior Vice President Relationship Manager, Pinnacle Bank
Eric Lauritzen and other Ag Commissioners travel to Washington D.C. to represent agricultural issues in California!
California Department of Pesticide Regulation Director pays a visit to the Agricultural Commissioner's Office in Salinas!
Monterey County Ag Commissioner has little 'down time'- The Californian.com
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DPR 2012 Air Monitoring Shows Pesticides Well Below Heath Screening
SACRAMENTO - For the second year in a row, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) air monitoring, in various California rural agricultural communities, shows nearly three dozen pesticides have residue levels well below levels established to protect human health and the environment.
“This is reassuring news for residents,” said DPR Director Brian Leahy. “Our monitoring in 2012 shows that none of the pesticides exceeded their screening levels, indicating a low health risk to the people in these communities. These findings indicate that the state and county restrictions are keeping air concentrations below the health protective targets set by DPR.”
In 2012, as part of its commitment to statewide air monitoring, DPR monitored 33 pesticides and five pesticide breakdown products in three California communities: Salinas (Monterey County), Shafter (Kern County) and Ripon (San Joaquin County).
These communities, part of the DPR air monitoring network (AMN), were selected from a list of 226 communities based on pesticide use on surrounding farmland and demographics, including the percentage of children, the elderly and farm workers in the local population.
The pesticides were selected based on their potential health risks and the amount used. They include methyl bromide and chlorpyrifos. Results released today also include methyl bromide concentrations monitored by Air Resources Board stations in Oxnard (Ventura County), Santa Maria (Santa Barbara County) and near Watsonville (Monterey County) at DPR’s request.
Overall, the AMN 2012 report found that 94.5 percent of the 6,002 analyses (number of samples times the number of chemicals analyzed) resulted in no detectable concentrations.
Salinas Study to Clear the Air
As the state Department of Pesticide Regulation prepared to launch the nation’s first long-term, pesticide air monitoring project last year, DPR explained its plan this way: “The aim is to document pesticide levels in ambient air collected from communities with higher populations of children, persons over 65, persons who work on farms and close proximity to agricultural areas with high use of pesticides.” In my view, that description fit Monterey County perfectly. That’s why I went to DPR and pushed hard to be part of this unprecedented study, which will help determine how well state and local pesticide rules protect people and their environment. Read about it here or in the Salinas Californian. Click here for reponses to the Commissioner's article.
Farm Equipment Upgrade Screening Tool Released
Are you operating older diesel tractors and other farm equipment? Use this screening tool to assess options to modernize your equipment.
Save energy, reduce operating costs, and reduce pollution!