This month, Western Growers Foundation awarded $500 each to 40 Arizona and California K-12 schools. The grants will fund plants and supplies needed to sustain a fruit and vegetable garden. This particular grant was open to schools with existing gardens and who will use the funds to continue to grow their garden. Grant recipients will receive a grant package that includes a $500 check, a “Gardens for Learning,” book, seeds and an irrigation kit courtesy of Toro Micro-Irrigation and Dripworks.

Paula Olson

The detection of Asian Citrus Psyllid in in the Arroyo Grande area of San Luis Obispo County has triggered the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to issue a quarantine for the southern portion of the county.  As reported in Spotlight last week, one psyllid was detected in the county and marks the ever-increasing spread of psyllid detections emanating from San Diego, north to a host of other counties, including Imperial, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernadino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Ventura, as well as portions of Fresno, Kern and Tulare Counties.

Ken Gilliland

Today, April 8, is the last day to register for the Piece-Rate compensation Compliance Workshop.  And if you are planning on attending, we want to remind you of the new location and time for the workshop announced in Spotlight last week.  The new time is 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  The new location is: Monterey County Agriculture Commissioner’s Conference Room, 1435 Abbott Street, Salinas.

Jason Resnick

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), today announced that $48.1 million would be allocated to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America’s agriculture economy and the environment.  The funds are being made available through the Farm Bill and include $2 million for protection against exotic fruit flies in California. Scientists have placed a high-cost on the damage invasive species have on the economy, estimating a total economic impact of $120 million annually.

Dennis Nuxoll

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