The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is mandated to prevent the introduction and spread of injurious insect pests, plant diseases, and noxious weeds in California. To accomplish this, CDFA implements the Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program.  CDFA has issued a draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), which is intended to meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for CDFA’s reasonably foreseeable plant pest prevention, management, and regulatory activities.

Ken Gilliland

The California Dept. of Food and Agriculture has announced that an additional portion of Kern County has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) following the detection of one psyllid south of the City of Bakersfield in Kern County.  The new quarantine zone measures 113 square miles in and around the City of Bakersfield, bordered on the north by New Stine Road; on the east by S Fairfax Road; on the south by Millux Road; and on the west by Interstate 5.

Ken Gilliland

This year’s Western Growers Annual Meeting is proving very popular as sign-ups are coming in at a record pace and rooms at the Bellagio Hotel are going fast.  If you haven’t done so already, make your reservations today and also register for WG’s 89th Annual Meeting, November 2 – 5 in Las Vegas. Gary Pasquinelli and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno will light up the Awards Dinner on Tuesday night. You will also not want to miss seeing Michelle Malkin of Fox News fame at the PAC Lunch on Monday as she squares off against syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette on the issue of immigration reform.  As Congress remains deadlocked on solving the problem, the controversy continues and the tension simmers.

Randy Hause

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