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12/22/2014

A new state law promises to upend California shell egg production in 2015.

12/12/2014

USDA APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact relative to the release of Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis for the biological control of the Asian citrus psyllid.

12/09/2014

The Almond Board of California reports that the industry contributes $11 billion per year the the state's gross domestic product.

10/15/2014

The Citrus Research Board will host a Citrus Tristeza Virus workshop on October 28-30 in Exeter, CA. Download the reservation form here.

10/09/2014

Kern County's 2014 Fall Private Applicator Certificate (PAC) continuing education (CE) sessions have been scheduled. The announcement is available in English and Spanish.

09/18/2014

Bakersfield College will host the Kern Agriculture Summit on October 14, 2014.

09/17/2014

USDA has designated 42 California counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought related losses.

09/15/2014

Asian Citrus Psyllid has been detected near Pumpkin Center, just south of Bakersfield. In response, CDFA has initiated an emergency program to treat for the insect. An open house meeting sponsored by CDFA will be held on Wednesday, September 17th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ridgeview High School to address concerns and answer questions about the insect and treatment plans.

09/14/2014

USDA estimates California's citrus crop will be the lowest in six years; CCM says it might be even lower than that.

08/12/2014

The Department has released the 2013 Kern County Crop Report.

07/25/2014

The California State Board of Agriculture will hold an open meeting in Compton, CA to discuss urban food access.

07/22/2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims August 3-9 National Farmers Market Week.

07/21/2014

USDA-FSA has announced Disaster Assistance for crop loss due to the 2012 freeze.

06/18/2014

Pressure is building against EPA's proposed changes to the Clean Water Act.

06/13/2014

Structural pest control companies may now submit MSPUR's electronically or online.

06/11/2014

Some growers have begun removing citrus orchards as a result of political inaction on water allocations.

06/01/2014

Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticide (SGAR) products face new restrictions beginning July 01, 2014.

04/07/2014

USDA announces April 15, 2014 as the first sign-up date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

04/07/2014

Commissioner Ruben J. Arroyo has announced that 12:01 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 is the date establishing 75% petal fall for all citrus North of 7th Standard Road.

04/01/2014

Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticide (SGAR) products face new restrictions beginning July 01, 2014.

03/28/2014

Commissioner Ruben J. Arroyo has announced that 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is the date establishing 75% petal fall for all citrus South of 7th Standard Road.

03/17/2014

Commissioner Ruben J. Arroyo has announced that 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014 is the date establishing 10% bloom stage for all citrus North of 7th Standard Road.

03/12/2014

Commissioner Ruben J. Arroyo has announced that 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 17, 2014 is the date establishing 10% bloom stage for all citrus South of 7th Standard Road.

03/11/2014

The CA Office of Emergency Services has created a comprehensive 2014 drought resource for farmers, ranchers and other business owners.

03/06/2014

USDA Rural Development is hosting a training webinar on its Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) on Monday, March 10, 2014.

03/06/2014

The USDA's Farm Service Agency urges good record-keeping by livestock producers affected by severe weather.

03/04/2014

The University of California will hold Pesticide Safety Train-the-Trainer Workshops in Tulare on March 18th (English) and Bakersfield on March 19th (Spanish).

02/26/2014

Read CA-DPR's interpretation of the Movento© label for use on citrus fruit with regard to potential honey bee toxicity.

02/05/2014

The California Office of Emergency Services has released a document outlining the Individual Assistance program for USDA/SBA drought relief. Included is a reference for Regional Individual Assistance representatives.

02/05/2014

Read a brief synopsis of the Farm Bill livestock provisions.

02/04/2014

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has developed a comprehensive drought resource site for farmers, ranchers and farmworkers.

01/31/2014

The voluntary 48-hour hold on citrus has been eliminated.


 
12/02/2013

2014 Restricted Material Permit/Op ID issuance will begin December 16, 2013. Growers may call for an appointment beginning December 9, 2013.

12/02/2013

All licensed individuals and companies intending to do business in Kern County must register annually. You may register now. Information and forms are available on our website for the following licenses: farm labor contractor, maintenance gardener, pest control adviser, pest control operator, pest control pilot and structural pest control operator.

12/02/2013

Beekeepers doing business in Kern County are required to register with the County before January 30 each year. Download the registration form and Apiary Movement Notice here.

11/12/2013

State water utilities are preparing to seed clouds this winter in an effort to increase snowpack following the second year of California drought.

11/11/2013

Director Ruben Arroyo reminds local cotton growers that December 20th has been established as the Cotton Plowdown deadline again for 2013.

11/06/2013

Read a Stevia First Corporation update on its efforts to ramp up industrial-scale production of the zero-calorie sweetener here in the San Joaquin Valley.

10/23/2013

U.C. Riverside entomolygists have met with early success in their effort to control ACP through biocontrol measures.

10/20/2013

Read a San Jose Mercury News article on central valley residents angered by the start of the California High Speed Rail project.

10/18/2013

Kern County's 2013 Fall Private Applicator Certificate (PAC) continuing education (CE) sessions have been scheduled. The announcement is available in English and Spanish.

09/18/2013

Brown marmorated stink bugs have taken hold in Sacramento.

09/02/2013

Read a Wall Street Journal opinion piece on a Fresno-area grower and the UFW.

08/27/2013

Read a Western Farm Press article on the 2013 Central Valley cotton crop.

08/19/2013

U.C. Davis scientists have discovered 2 genes that make wheat resistant to stem rust disease.

08/14/2013

Assemblyman Jim Patterson will host a Citrus Industry Town Hall to discuss ACP in Fresno on August 23, 2013.

08/06/2013

The Department has released the 2012 Kern County Crop Report.

08/06/2013

U.C. Davis scientists have concluded that at least 5 fruit fly species are now entrenched in California, including Medfly.

08/04/2013

California citrus growers are importing a parasitic wasp from Pakistan to battle ACP.

08/06/2013

The Department has released the 2012 Kern County Crop Report.

07/23/2013

In response to recent ACP finds in Tulare County, the Citrus Disease and Prevention Program will hold an informational meeting for citrus growers/PCA's/PCO's on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 in Tulare.

07/12/2013

A total of nine Asian Citrus Psylids have now been discovered in Tulare County.

07/01/2013

NASS has revised its May 2013 almond crop estimate down 7.5% which is 2% below last year's crop.

05/06/2013

The FDA has extended the comment period for the Food Safety Modernization Act signed into law by President Obama in January, 2013.

05/02/2013

USDA and US-EPA have released a new report on honey bee health citing multiple factors in honeybee colony decline.

05/02/2013

The National Agricultural Statistics Service predicts a near-record almond crop this year as well as an increase in price over last year.

05/01/2013

The southern San Joaquin Valley cherry harvest has begun with good yields predicted.

02/12/2013

California almond growers may not have enough honey bees to pollinate this year's crop.

02/08/2013

Bovine Tuberculosis has been detected at a Tulare County dairy.

02/07/2013

USDA will conduct a training workshop on Thursday, March 7, 2013 in Bakersfield for the US-Japan Cherry Systems Approach Workplan.

01/01/2013

An America Farmland Trust report shows that San Joaquin Valley counties are failing to preserve the best farmland from development.


 
12/19/2012

Director Ruben Arroyo urges caution when purchasing firewood for the cold winter weather.

11/27/2012

Asian Citrus Psyllid has been discovered in the Tulare County community of Strathmore.

11/27/2012

2013 Restricted Material Permit/Op ID issuance will begin December 10, 2012. Growers may call for an appointment beginning December 3, 2012.

11/27/2012

All licensed individuals and companies intending to do business in Kern County must register annually. Licenses will be renewed starting on December 10, 2012. Information and forms are available on our website for the following licenses: farm labor contractor, maintenance gardener, pest control adviser, pest control operator, pest control pilot and structural pest control operator.

11/27/2012

Beekeepers doing business in Kern County are required to register with the County before January 30 each year. Download the registration form and Apiary Movement Notice here.

11/12/2012

The Department has established December 20, 2012 as the mandatory cotton plowdown deadline.

11/08/2012

97.7% of the California produce samples tested for pesticide residues by CA-DPR in 2011 were within acceptable limits.

11/05/2012

Responsibility under the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program has many central valley growers confused.

11/01/2012

CDFA is now accepting proposals for their 2013 Specialty Crop Grants.

10/30/2012

UC Davis research has concluded that Williamson Act cuts put rangeland conservation at risk.

10/25/2012

Stevia offers a new cropping opportunity for farmers.

10/15/2012

The SJVAPCD has opened its Ag Tractor/Mobile Equipment Replacement Program which provides incentive funds for the replacement of in-use, off-road mobile equipment.

10/17/2012

Kern County will hold Private Applicator Certificate (PAC) Continuing Education courses at various locations during the month of October. Some sessions will be conducted in Spanish: Educación Continua para Certificado de Aplicador Privado.

10/16/2012

Access current national, state and local drought conditions maintained by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USDA and NOAA.

10/09/2012

Pesticide Action Network has released a review of pesticide studies related to children's health. Read CropLife America's statement regarding the report.

09/28/2012

PetSmart, Inc. has agreed to pay DPR nearly $400,000 for selling unregistered pet products to California consumers.

09/27/2012

The San Diego Water Authority has reached a tentative agreement to buy the entire output of what will be the Western hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant, planned for construction in Carlsbad, CA.

09/26/2012

The California Citrus Research Board currently funds almost one dozen research projects to find solutions against Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing.

09/10/2012

Visit DPR's Facebook page for pictures of Director Brian Leahy's recent visit to Kern County.

09/05/2012

The Department has launched a new map-based website for emergency responders that provides users with contact information for local growers.

09/05/2012

California Citrus Mutual's Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee is asking members of the citrus industry to complete a brief online survey on the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing.

09/04/2012

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss a variety of water issues at a meeting scheduled for September 11, 2012 in Mendota, CA.

08/17/2012

More dairymen are expected to declare bankruptcy as feed prices continue to climb.

08/14/2012

Listen to an NPR discussion of Proposition 37, the GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot.

08/06/2012

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a meeting on August 21, 2012 in Tulare, CA to discuss proposed regulations to the Waste Discharge Order that will affect every landowner or operator irrigating agricultural lands in Kern County.

07/26/2012

Read a local article discussing crop dusting concerns in Kern County.

07/19/2012

DPR air monitoring near Shafter shows pesticides are well below health screening levels.

07/18/2012

DPR has announced new restrictions to protect water quality in and around structural pesticide applications.

07/10/2012

U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposes to increase protected habitat for the Buena Vista Lake Shrew from 84 to 5,182 acres in Kern and Tulare Counties. The comment period will close September 10, 2012.

06/19/2012

The first-ever Kern County Nut Festival is scheduled for June 14-15, 2013. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

06/18/2012

The first 2012 case of West Nile Virus in California has been confirmed here in Kern County.

06/08/2012

The Department has released the 2011 Kern County Crop Report. Kern County exceeded the $5 Billion gross production value for the first time ever, reaching $5,364,538,600.00. This represents a 12.8% increase over the 2010 revised total.

05/25/2012

A new app provides access to NRCS Soil Survey data on smartphones.

05/24/2012

California cantaloupe handlers have approved the State's first mandatory food safety program.

05/23/2012

DPR has scheduled a June 6 public hearing in Tulare County to accept comments on proposed regulations to reduce volatile organic compound emissions from nonfumigant pesticides in the San Joaquin Valley.

05/21/2012

Studies funded by the Almond Board of Cslifornia have shown that improved almond spraying reduces pesticide movement.

04/11/2012

USDA has released a new iPhone/iPad application to help homeowners identify and report suspected ACP/HLB infestations.

04/10/2012

CDFA has begun spraying citrus trees in Hacienda Heights following last month's discovery of HLB in a residential tree.

04/10/2012

The Department has released the 2012 Kern County spring potato acreage.

03/30/2012

HLB has been detected for the first time in California.

03/27/2012

Commissioner Ruben J. Arroyo has announced that 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2012 is the date establishing 10% bloom stage for all citrus South of 7th Standard Road.

03/20/2012

Arysta LifeScience Corporation has announced the immediate suspension of MIDAS product sales in the United States.

03/19/2012

California's biomass power plants face an uncertain future in today's regulatory and energy valuation environment.

03/19/2012

The deadline for handlers to become a member of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement is April 01, 2012.

03/19/2012

The University of California Cooperative Extension will hold the 2012 Kern Almond Meeting and Irrigation Workshop on March 28, 2012 in Bakersfield, CA.

03/16/2012

Kern County will hold Private Applicator Certificate (PAC) Continuing Education courses at various locations during the month of March.

02/24/2012

USDA has scheduled workshops for the 2012 Japan Cherry Export Program. Meetings geared toward State/County Cooperators and industry participants will be held in Stockton on March 14th and Hanford on March 15th. Separate meetings for PCA's addressing codling moth trapping and survey procedures will be held in Bakersfield on March 7th, Tulare on March 8th and Stockton on March 15th.

02/15/2012

For the first time in over 20 years USDA has updated its Plant Hardiness and Zone Map, which can affect crop insurance standards.

02/15/2012

Argentine ants threaten California's citrus and grape crops by protecting aphids and mealybugs.

02/13/2012

Kern County now limits the use of strychnine on the valley floor in some settings.

02/10/2012

The proposed 2012-13 California budget eliminates funding for LBAM research, inspection and control.

02/01/2012

UC Davis will conduct a Spanish-language Pesticide Safety Training for Fieldworkers and Pesticide Handlers course on Thursday, February 9th in Bakersfield.

01/31/2012

The annual Spray Safe Meeting will be held on Friday, February 3rd at the Kern County Fairgrounds.

01/30/2012

The fresh salad industry is testing a new wash additive to rid leafy greens of harmful bacteria.

01/30/2012

West Nile Virus infections may be on the rise as mosquito fogging faces stricter regulation following passage of the Clean Water Act.

01/27/2012

The citrus leaf miner, a new pest in the southern San Joaquin Valley, is spoiling the natural beauty of citrus trees in our area.

01/12/2012

A northern California judge is reviewing DPR's approval of Methyl Iodide, asking whether the agency's approval process satisfied CEQA.


 
12/21/2011

Kern and Tulare counties will conduct ACP and HLB quarantine training in Tulare, California on January 12, 2012.

12/19/2011

The 45-day comment period on CDFA's proposed surcharge for phytosanitary certificates, CQC's and Master Permits is now open through January 30, 2012.

12/07/2011

Kern County's revised Chloropicrin permit conditions will go in to effect on January 01, 2012.

12/07/2011

Kern County's revised Metam Sodium/Potassium permit conditions will go in to effect on January 01, 2012.

12/02/2011

Commissioner Ruben Arroyo advises caution when purchasing firewood for the cold weather ahead.

11/29/2011

All licensed individuals and companies intending to do business in Kern County are required to register with the Department before January 01, 2012.

11/29/2011

Beekeepers are required to register their apiaries if they plan to operate in Kern County during 2012.

11/29/2011

Kern County 2012 Restricted Material Permit/Operator ID issuance will begin December 12, 2011.

11/09/2011

Growers estimate the 2011 pistachio crop will top 450 million pounds, the second largest harvest in U.S. history.

11/07/2011

All Kern County cotton must be plowed under by December 20, 2011 in order to comply with the established pink bollworm host-free period.

11/03/2011

More and more illegal marijuana operations are stealing water and polluting the environment with toxic runoff.

11/03/2011

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is making a last-ditch effort to undo H.R. 872, which went into effect yesterday.

10/28/2011

Read the latest news and controversy over methyl iodide from The Californian, a Salinas area newspaper.

10/27/2011

The proposed Annual Device Administrative Fee on commercial weighing, measuring and counting devices will go out for another 45-day comment period. This shifts the timeline for implementation to February, 2012 at the earliest.

10/13/2011

Workshops have been scheduled for packinghouses planning to ship oranges to Australia and Korea this winter. Both Kern County workshops are scheduled for Thursday, October 27, 2011. Note: You must register for the Korea meeting by Monday, October 17, 2011.

10/10/2011

A 3 million-square-feet hydroponic tomato greenhouse is up and running in Santa Maria.

10/07/2011

Key members of Congress are working to stay the November 1st implementation of a 2009 Sixth Circuit Court decision that would further regulate some pesticide applications under the Clean Water Act.

09/27/2011
09/22/2011

CDFA has withdrawn its proposed $6 phytosanitary certificate fee pending receipt of additional information from county agricultural commissioners.

09/15/2011

CDFA has begun trapping and treating areas around the Stockton area of San Joaquin County following the discovery of an Oriental fruit fly infestation.

09/08/2011

Widespread use of Roundup has led to the evolution of tougher-to-eradicate strains of weeds.

09/06/2011

Results from an 18-year University of Minnesota study indicate that organic farming can be as profitable as conventional production methods.

09/02/2011

Gold-spotted oak borers have killed nearly four times as many oak trees in San Diego County over the past decade as scientists thought at the beginning of 2011.

08/30/2011

CDFA has proposed an Annual Device Administrative Fee on commercial weighing, measuring and counting devices and a California Type Approval Fee for approval of type or design of a weight, weighing, measuring or counting device used for commercial purposes. The comment period for these proposed fees runs through October 24, 2011.

08/29/2011

DPR has announced the expansion of a 2009 pilot project that enhances its ability to detect pesticide residues on fresh produce.

08/23/2011

The public may comment and/or request a hearing on CDFA's proposed $6 fee for State/Federal phytos and CA QC Certificates through October 17, 2011. Read the 45-Day Notice, reasons, and regulation text.

08/20/2011

The Brown Widow Spider is spreading quickly through southern California.

08/15/2011

Considered the world's worst pest of palm trees, the Red Palm Weevil has been discovered in Orange County.

08/15/2011

The recent Japanese beetle find in Fair Oaks has led to some confusion as look-alike beetles are common this time of year.

08/11/2011

The Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board may finally vote on rules for Central Coast agricultural runoff on September 1, 2011.

07/27/2011

"Roundup Ready" sugar beets and corn are changing the role of these crops in the west.

07/21/2011

The Department reminds PCAs, PCBs and permit holders that some labels severly restrict the time of application for pesticides that are toxic to bees. One notable Kern County crop of concern is cotton.

07/18/2011

The Endangered Species Act may force the EPA to strengthen pesticide permits.

07/15/2011

CDFA has begun treating areas in Anaheim/Yorba Linda and Baldwin Park following the discovery of Oriental fruit flies in those communities.

07/07/2011

Kern County hemp farming moves closer to reality as SB 676 moves through the California Legislature.

06/29/2011

CDFA has declared an 87-square-mile quarantine in Santa Cruz County following the discovery of two EGVM near Aptos.

06/27/2011

The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee has passed H.R. 872. This bill will eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) permit for agricultural applications of pesticides on or around navigable waters.

06/27/2011

DPR has awarded nearly $400,000 to projects aimed at reducing pesticide use in urban ant control and childcare facilities.

06/16/2011

The Environmental Working Group's Dirty Dozen report on pesticide residues frustrates California farmers.

06/10/2011

As CDFA pursues long-range plans to fight invasive pests critics worry communities will have no voice in the methods used.

06/02/2011

CDFA and USDA declare Sunday, May 29, 2011, as the end of Kern County's Melon Fruit Fly Quarantine.

06/01/2011

The Kern County 2010 Crop Report has been released. The $4,757,260,700 total value represents a 31% increase over the 2009 revised total. Eighty years of Kern County Crop Reports are available on our website.

05/20/2011

CA DPR proposes to require providers of continuing education to submit records electronically within 14 days of course completion.

05/17/2011

Equine Herpes Virus has been detected in 2 Kern County horses. To date 10 horses in California have tested positive for the virus.

05/11/2011

The California Office of Administrative Law has approved the regulatory action that designates Methyl Iodide as a California restricted material.

05/03/2011

CDFA estimates the Kern County Melon Fruit Quarantine will end on or around May 25, 2011.

05/03/2011

Commissioner Ruben J. Arroyo has established 12:01 a.m. on Saturday May 7, 2011 as 75% petal fall for citrus groves north of 7th Standard Road.

05/03/2011

Kern County 2011 Spring Potato Acreage has been released (Note: 2010 acreage has been revised).

05/01/2011

Read the latest edition of the Weights and Measures Connection Magazine.

04/30/2011

Commissioner Ruben J. Arroyo has declared 75% petal fall for citrus groves south of 7th Standard Road.

04/27/2011

The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board faces resistance to their plan to clean up surface and groundwater discharges from ag land.

04/26/2011

Bovine Tuberculosis has been detected at a San Bernardino County dairy.

04/26/2011

Almond growers must navigate a maze of requirements prior to fumigating ground.

04/21/2011
04/06/2011
Find a farm to visit or add yours to the University of California's Agricultural Tourism Directory.
04/01/2011

California olive oil acreage and quality soar.

03/22/2011

Read DPR's 2009-10 Top 10 Pesticide Blunders.

03/18/2011
The rise and fall of the FLAVR SAVR Tomato.
03/08/2011
A Melon Fruit Fly update for host crop growers in the quarantine zone has been issued.
03/08/2011
As part of the 2011 US Japan Cherry Export Program the USDA will be holding the Fumigation and Systems Approach Workshop on two dates: March 15, in San Joaquin County, and March 16, in Kings County.
03/08/2011

USDA will hold a meeting for operators trapping for the 2011 Japan Cherry Export Systems Approach at the Farm and Home Advisor’s Conference Room in Bakersfield, March 30, 2011, at 10 am.

03/07/2011
The Spring 2011 PAC Continuing Education Sessions have been scheduled. Some sessions will be conducted in Spanish: Educación Continua para Certificado de Aplicador Privado.
03/07/2011
The 17th Annual California GIS Conference will take place March 28-31, 2011 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Fresno, California.
03/01/2011
March 1-7, 2011 is Weights and Measures Week.
03/01/2011
Press release announcing 2011 Weights and Measures Week.
02/29/2011
The Department of Pesticide Regulation has established a monitoring network to sample ambient air for multiple pesticides.
02/28/2011
After being on hold for four years, the USDA finds that Roundup Ready Alfalfa’s Advantages Far Outweigh Its Disadvantages.
02/15/2011
Kern County UCCE wil host a Spotted Wing Drosophila Meeting on February 23, 2011 in Bakersfield.
02/07/2011
USDA has released an additional $17 Million dollars to control EGVM in California.
01/27/2011
Register now for the 2011 Spray Safe event at the Kern County Fairgrounds on February 4, 2011.
01/15/2011
DPR is soliciting for their 2011-12 Pest Management Alliance Grant program. Initial concepts are due by February 07, 2011.
01/07/2011
California Citrus Mutual will host a local meeting on January 13th to discuss adopting the navel orange brimA maturity test as the California Standard for the 2011-12 navel season.
01/01/2011
Kern County growers may register their seedless mandarin groves through January 31, 2011.

 
12/31/2010
Ventura, southern Santa Barbara and western Riverside Counties have been added to the Asian Citrus Psyllid quarantine zone.
12/10/2010
The first recorded instance of Bagrada Bug and a new RIFA infestation have been documented in Kern County.
12/01/2010
The Department will begin issuing 2011 Restricted Material Permits and renewing State Licenses on December 13, 2011. Beekeepers must register their apiaries before January 30, 2011.
11/15/2010

All Kern County cotton must be plowed under by December 20, 2010 in order to comply with the established pink bollworm host free period.

11/08/2010

Citrus fruit originating from the MFF Quarantine Zone can be certified and shipped to Japan. Japan does not consider citrus fruit a host for MFF.

11/05/2010

USDA has made emergency FSA loans available to any applicant who suffered losses due to MFF in Kern and nearby counties.

11/01/2010
CDFA has scheduled workshops and webinars for those interested in the 2011 Specialty Crop Grant Program.
10/27/2010
DPR amendments to Methyl Bromide field fumigation methods will become effective on November 26, 2010.
10/26/2010
Read a Bakersfield Californian article on the struggling rose industry in Kern County.
10/12/2010
Read a recent Bakersfield Californian article on Kern County's EGVM trapping effort. EGVM has not been detected in Kern County.
10/08/2010
The Department has scheduled 2010 PAC Continuing Education sessions in English and Spanish. Licenses for PAC's with last names beginning with I - Q will expire at the end of 2010.
10/07/2010

The Department has released the 2010 GWSS/Pierce's Disease Bulk Citrus Compliance Agreement & Certification Procedure instructions.

10/07/2010
EPA has received a request from Bayer CropScience to voluntarily cancel all registrations for Aldicarb. Public comments on this request are due by November 08, 2010.
09/28/2010
CropLifeAmerica, whose members sell most of the crop protection and biotechnology products used in America, considers EPA's plan to implement the NPDES permit for pesticide applications over water to be "overly optimistic," saying the new rule could result in a number of adverse consequences.
09/15/2010
CDFA has approved quarantine boundary changes in response to the 08/28/2010 Melon Fruit Fly finds. View the updated Kern County map.
09/14/2010
USDA has released an updated Harvest to Bait Treatment Schedule. After October 22nd the harvest interval changes from 30 days to 111 days. If you have any questions please call 661-868-6300.
09/14/2010
CDFA announces an agreement on Korea import requirements for oranges from California this season.
09/08/2010
A Melon Fruit Fly Grower Informational Meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the Farm and Home Advisor's Conference Room, 1031 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue, Bakersfield, CA. Topics will include an update on the Quarantine Zone boundary and requirements for citrus and other commodity growers.
09/03/2010
The Department has created a Melon Fruit Fly Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) reference for growers inside and outside the Quarantine Zone.
09/01/2010
CDFA has released proposed quarantine boundary changes in response to the 08/28/2010 Melon Fruit Fly finds.
08/30/2010
Santa Barbara County has launched an eradication project to rid the Santa Ynez River of Arundo donax, a large fast-growing reed also known as giant reed, elephant grass or giant cane.
08/30/2010
On 8/28/2010 two additional Melon Fruit Flies were trapped approximately 1.5 miles south of the original finds. The quarantine boundary will extend farther south and the quarantine time frame has just started over. We are generating new maps, and as new information becomes available I will keep you updated.
Just a reminder about the quarantine treatments as there has been some confusion about the rates and timing for treatments prior to harvest. Any of the Malathion 8 formulations, as per CDFA Pesticide Rate Chart within the Quarantine Zone, is listed at 1.5 ounces per acre. Work with the "Project Area" (661-861-4131) for applications and compliance agreements.

Outside the Quarantine Zone, the label rate of 1.5 ounces per acre has been approved as well, but in order for your treatment to comply with the treatment schedule it must be witnessed by my county office. Please call 661-868-6300 if you are going to spray your crop outside the Quarantine Zone. The minimum period of treatment is 30 days, but can be extended beyond that determined by the average, local seasonal temperatures, with treatments occurring at 6-10 day intervals. Project regulatory officers will monitor all treatments.

PLEASE review the Harvest to Bait Treatment Schedule. After October 22nd the harvest interval changes from 30 days to 111 days. If you have any questions please call 661-868-6300.
08/18/2010
CDFA has issued the Melon Fruit Fly Official State Quarantine with Host List and detailed map of the area affected.
08/17/2010
Watch a CDFA video on Exotic Fruit Fly Treatment using the organic product Spinosad. (Scroll to the page bottom for video.)
08/16/2010
Additional documents related to the Kern County MFF finds have been released: CDFA Eradication Proclamation, Addendum to the Proclamation, Work Plan, Eradication Boundary Map and Pest Profile.
08/16/2010
The Department has created a web page specific to the recent Melon Fruit Fly find in Kern County with details on an Informational Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, August 18th at the David Head Center in Lamont, CA.
08/11/2010
On August 10th, 5 Melon Fruit Flies (MFF) were detected in a single trap south of Meridian in Kern County (South Eastern Portion of the County). CDFA Entomologist Dr. Hoffman has confirmed them to be wild. Two male and three female MFF (Bactrocera cucurbitae, rated "A"). On August 11th, one more additional MFF was trapped in close proximity to the first trap. This has triggered eradication and quarantine protocols. Attached is the Quarantine Request, CDFA Action Plan, Host List and Kern County Melon Fruit Fly News Release.
08/02/2010
07/27/2010
Napa County officials have asked urban residents to remove and destroy grapes from their non-commercial vines in an effort to control EGVM.
07/26/2010
Canada has released import requirements for California table grapes in light of EGVM presence in the state.
07/25/2010
The Center for Biological Diversity has announced plans to file a lawsuit involving nearly 400 pesticides and 900 endangered species that could significantly impact California agriculture.
07/25/2010
Read a peer-reviewed article from California Agriculture magazine that explores the ongoing conflict along the ag-urban interface in California.
07/23/2010
Imported bees have so far masked the effects of Colony Collapse Disorder, but the bee crisis may soon affect the U.S. food supply.
07/16/2010
Duponchelia fovealis, a fresh vegetable pest, has been found for the first time in the US in San Diego County.
07/14/2010
The Kern County 2009 Crop Report is now available.
07/06/2010
Updated EGVM boundary maps for the seven infested California counties are now available. EGVM has not been detected in Kern County.
06/17/2010
06/15/2010
Read an editorial written by a northern California rancher on the emerging Siskiyou County/CDFG disagreement over water rights.
06/01/2010
05/19/2010
Read a recent Wall Street Journal article on backyard beekeepers.
05/19/2010
CA DPR has lengthened the comment period for Methyl Iodide registration until June 29, 2010.
05/17/2010
Merced County has detected EGVM for the first time. Updated boundary maps for Fresno, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties have been released.
05/11/2010
Read the latest news on Kern County's ACP and EGVM trapping programs.
05/10/2010
The CDFA Citrus Pest and Disease Committee will hold a meeting on May 12, 2010 in Bakersfield.
05/06/2010
Read Fresno County and Mendocino County press releases on first-time EGVM finds within their borders. Fresno County will hold a series of informational meetings for local growers during the month of May.
04/16/2010
Fumigation operators and shippers who plan to ship grapes to Australia and New Zealand this season must attend one of three mandatory USDA workshops. One of these will take place on Thursday May 27, 2010 in Bakersfield.
04/10/2010
The UC Cooperative Extension announces Asian Citrus Psyllid training on Thursday April 22, 2010 at the Kern County Cooperative Extension office.
04/06/2010
Read the latest news on Kern County's Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) trapping programs.
04/06/2010
Visit the California Department of Food and Agriculture's Asian Citrus Psyllid and European Grapevine Moth websites for infestation maps and current quarantine information for these agricultural pests.
02/23/2010
Seedless mandarin growers now have a one month period to register their acreage with the County Agricultural Commissioner commencing on February 24, 2010 and concluding on March 24, 2010 pursuant to the Seedless Mandarin and Honeybee Coexistence regulation.
02/21/2010
The February 2010 issue of CACASA E-News includes information on apiary colony strength inspector training and details on implementation of the 2008 Farm Bill.
02/20/2010
CDPR announces a web-based tool for calculating VOC emissions from agricultural applications of nonfumigant pesticides.
02/05/2010
Read a Fresno Bee article on Judge Oliver W. Wanger's decision to place on hold a management plan to protect salmon which will deliver an additional 40,000 to 50,000 acre-feet of water to California growers over the next two weeks.
02/01/2010
The 2010 Spray Safe event will be held on February 5, 2010 at the Kern County Fairgrounds.
01/15/2010
Director Ruben Arroyo advises citizens to use caution when selling scrap gold. Included are tips to help ensure a fair transaction.
01/13/2010
CDPR issues a request for comments on the Draft Complaint Response Protocol. Public comments are due March 4, 2010.
01/12/2010
CDFA seeks members for the new Specialty Crop Grant Program Technical Review Committee authorized under the 2008 Farm Bill.
01/10/2010
The January 2010 issue of CACASA E-News includes an update on PCIT and federal funding for LBAM.
01/07/2010
CDPR releases the 2008 Pesticide Use Report Summary which shows a decline in pesticide use for the third consecutive year.
01/06/2010
USDA implements a new crop disaster assistance program in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill. The Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) is available through the Farm Services Agency.
 

 
12/18/2009
Kern County 2010 General Permit Conditions ban all applications of Restricted Materials within ¼ mile of a school in session or during school sponsored activities when children are present. Effective 01-01-10.
12/18/2009
UC-Riverside sets January 25, 2010 as the deadline for the second copper spray to oranges in the Korea program.
12/16/2009
USDA expands the California ACP quarantine boundary and adds a portion of Arizona.
12/15/2009
Save the Date: The 2010 SPRAY SAFE event will be held February 5, 2010 at the Kern County Fairgrounds from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch included).
12/15/2009
The December 2009 issue of CACASA e-news includes State and Federal legislative reports and an update on the new GIS-based permitting system now under development.
11/24/2009
The 2010 permitting season will begin December 14, 2009. The Department will also begin registering beekeepers and licensing PCAs, PCOs, maintenance gardeners, and structural PCOs for 2010 on the same date.
11/18/2009
US-EPA revokes carbofuran tolerances finding that dietary exposures to carbofuran from all sources combined are not safe.
11/17/2009
CDFA updates State interior quarantine boundaries for Asian Citrus Psyllid, Light Brown Apple Moth, and Mediterranean Fruit Fly.
11/03/2009
The FDA, in collaboration with USDA FSIS, announces a public meeting on tracing systems for food. Register for the December 9-10, 2009 teleconference.
11/03/2009
CDFA establishes an interior quarantine for ACP host material with boundary maps included.
10/29/2009
Kern County schedules public comment meetings on the proposed changes to school buffer zones and restrictions for the 2010 General Permit Conditions.
10/25/2009
Kern County now provides a Microsoft Excel template for completing Federal Phytosanitary Certificates for use by local shippers.
10/23/2009
USDA lifts the restriction on citrus movement from Florida saying finished fruit does not pose a significant risk of spreading citrus canker.
10/12/2009
Napa County detects the European Grapevine Moth, an invasive grape pest, for the first time in the United States.
10/08/2009
USEPA proposes new pesticide labeling to control spray drift and protect human health.
10/08/2009
The State Board of Food and Agriculture calls a special water meeting on October 14, 2009 to address the California drought.
10/01/2009
View the Kern County memo describing charges and exemptions to the USDA Administrative Fee as it pertains to voided phytos.
09/11/2009
Federal EPA places additional limitations on organophosphates in an effort to protect west coast salmon and steelhead. The EPA issued this letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service describing implementation.
08/27/2009
For the latest news on Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) refer to the CDFA ACP site which includes a weekly CA Infestation Map.
08/25/2009
USDA, APHIS, PPQ announces the collection of an Administrative Fee for exporters who obtain federal phytosanitary certificates from state or county cooperators.
07/30/2009
The 2008 Kern County Crop Report is now available. All Kern County Crop Reports dating back to 1930 are available for download.
07/12/2009
Department Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Kern County crop data are now available. These data span over a dozen years and include over 160,000 individual crop boundaries.
 

 

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