The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding three public hearings to gather stakeholder input about a recently proposed regulation on agricultural pesticide use near schools and child daycare centers.

Western Growers’ members are highly encouraged to participate in these hearings and voice their concerns about how this regulation would affect operations, as DPR will use this input to develop the new regulation.

Last November, EPA issued a cancellation order for the insecticide sulfoxaflor, the active ingredient in Sequoia, Closer and Transform, after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that EPA did not have sufficient data on risks to pollinators. Sulfoxaflor is in a new class of chemistry with a favorable risk profile that is effective against piercing/sucking insects.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) will be holding three public hearings to gather stakeholder input about a recently proposed regulation on agricultural pesticide use near schools and child daycare centers. Western Growers’ members are highly encouraged to participate in these hearings and voice their concerns about how this regulation would affect operations, as DPR will use this input to develop the new regulation.

Stephanie Metzinger

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has placed 118 square miles in Placer County under an Asian Citrus psyllid quarantine. The move comes following the detection of multiple life stages on citrus trees within the City of Lincoln. 

The quarantine prohibits the movement of citrus and curry leaf tree nursery stock, including all plant parts except fruit, out of the quarantine area and requires that all citrus fruit be cleaned of leaves and stems prior to moving out of the quarantine area. 

Jeff Janas

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