Yesterday, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) issued a Section 24C Special Local Need registration for the use of sulfoxaflor on leafy vegetables and Brassica (cole) crops. Sulfoxaflor (brand name: Sequoia) is part of a new category of insecticides by Dow AgroSciences called sulfoximines and has a unique mode of action. Sequoia™ targets sap feeding insects and may be an ideal addition to Integrated Pest Management programs because of its fast acting control and demonstrated lack of cross resistance.

Hank Giclas

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the system failure which prevented the processing of visas around the world for over two weeks -- including H-2A visas for farm workers -- has been resolved.  Initially it was estimated that the inability of the State Department to process H2A visas cost California farmers between $500,000 and $1,000,000 per day.  WG Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick spoke with reporters from the paper about the disruption and said that although “It is too soon to get an exact estimate” of the total financial losses sustained by the agriculture

Jason Resnick

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